Korea to cease actions leading to end of its regime

Audrey Hill
August 10, 2017

Washington, Aug 9 pentagon chief Jim Mattis today warned North Korea to stop pursuing nuclear weapons and stop considering actions that would lead to the "destruction of its people".

The secretary called on North Korea to "stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons". "The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", Mattis said.

His comments come after the North Korean military threatened a missile strike near the US territory of Guam, in response to comments made by President Donald Trump and a Pentagon bomber operation in the region.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" after reports suggested the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to the ability to attack the US with a nuclear missile.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said.

Earlier on Wednesday, North Korea said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, which is home to about 163,000 people and a USA military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.

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In a statement, Mattis said the United States and its allies would win any arms race or conflict with North Korea.

Congressman Dan Kildee of MI was in South Korea wehn the North Korean regime tested another missile. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before....

It may also lie in using soft power to convince North Koreans they should scrap his regime. DPRK is short for the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"I think Americans should sleep well at night, have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days", Tillerson said. On Saturday, for example, members of the U.N. Security Council approved new economic sanctions on the regime.

Retired Marine General James Mattis is Trump's Defense Secretary.

Robert Kelly, professor of political science at Pusan National University, told Al Jazeera that both North Korea and Trump were nearly certainly exaggerating in their respective rhetoric, as a conflict would be disastrous - and that Trump was likely stepping up the rhetoric to pressure China into taking action to curb North Korea's behaviour. It says its ICBMs are a legitimate means of defense against perceived US hostility, including joint military drills with South Korea.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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