Mattis praises diplomatic effort to deal with North Korea

First Secretary of State Damian Green said it is in Britain's interests that the stand-off between Washington and Pyongyang does not lead to conflict

First Secretary of State Damian Green said it is in Britain's interests that the stand-off between Washington and Pyongyang does not lead to conflict

He points out the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted last week to characterize North Korea's statements as a "threat to the world's community".

Bookmaker Paddy Power has slashed the odds on the possibility of the world ending this year from 500/1 to 100/1, implying the likelihood is five times higher now that President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un are exchanging heated threats.

On Thursday night, White House Deputy Assistant Sebastian Gorka was asked again to clarify his remarks he made about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, calling his comments regarding military matters "nonsensical."

"How often do you see France, China, Russia, the U.S. voting unanimously on any issue?"

The Kim Jong-Un regime has said it now has the capability of striking the US mainland after two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests last month. "The Secretary General welcomes all initiatives that will help deescalate tensions and welcomes a return to diplomacy".

'But of course if North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously bad consequences will follow, and there's no point ducking that inevitable outcome, ' he said, promising Australian military support for the United States if it was attacked.

"China should make clear that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten US territories and triggers USA retaliations, China will stay neutral".

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis: North Korea "would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates".

"What they've been doing and what they've been getting away with is a tragedy and it can't be allowed", Trump said.

"In theory it can show the administration understands that in order to accomplish things it not only needs to adopt maximum pressure, but also have some discussion with the North Korea", Wit said. He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea, ' Trump told reporters in New Jersey, without offering specifics.

Responding to a North Korea's threat to fire four missiles in the waters off the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, home to U.S. military bases, Trump vowed a tough response.

North Korea has unleashed personal attacks on past Washington and Seoul leaders.

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