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State Department Press Briefing on North Korea

State Department Press Briefing on North Korea

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday became the second cabinet official to tone down President Trump's call of "fire and fury" against North Korea, saying the current USA approach to that nation's threats is a "diplomatic" one.

North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to US bombers.

"I agree we should explore all diplomatic options before taking military action". That's my responsibility, to have those.

The former four-star general declined to provide any additional insight to a statement released Wednesday, warning that the North's continued provocations - including alleged plans for an attack against US forces in Guam by Pyongyang - "would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people". Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo says he coordinates with Homeland Security and the USA military on preparedness procedures. "We want to make sure that we don't just retaliate".

" 'What we're doing right now, we're reviewing our procedures and processes, ' Calvo said".

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Tensions have escalated rapidly in recent weeks after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. President Trump has made revamping US missile defense systems a top objective for the Pentagon since taking office.

A new report says Pyongyang's nuclear programme is progressing.

The Pentagon has prepared a plan involving a B-1B heavy bomber attack against the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea which is ready should President Trump, as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, decide to order an attack, NBC News reported.

"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un would understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language", Tillerson said. "So the American people should sleep well at night". "I think what he's pointing out is simply these provocations ..."


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