Mattis: Missile impact means war

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2017

Pyongyang, which claims the drills are war preparation, says it will be ready to send its Guam missile launch plan to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for approval just before or as the drills begin. He is also visiting Japan and China after a week in which Trump declared the US military "locked and loaded" and said he was ready to unleash "fire and fury" if North Korea continued to threaten the United States.

"Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision", Trump wrote on Twitter.

He said he would watch the "foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" a little more before deciding whether to give the order for the missile test, the Korean Central News Agency said.

State media released photos of the leader surrounded by his generals.

"Given the long record of North Korea's dishonesty in negotiations and repeated violations of global agreements", Tillerson and Mattis write, calling for an "immediate cessation of its provocative threats, nuclear tests, missile launches and other weapons tests".

On Tuesday South Korean President Moon Jae-in played down any act of war, pointing out the United States would need its approval before launching any attack on North Korea.

But Mattis told reporters that war could break out if North Korea were to fire a missile at the US.

"If the Yankees persist in their extremely unsafe reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the restraint of the DPRK [North Korea], the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared", Kim said according to the country's state media, as reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Homeland security office said in a statement that it was a human error and they work hard with them to ensure it doesn't occur again.

China is one of North Korea's only allies, and Trump has repeatedly criticized Beijing for not exercising more pressure on Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear weapons programme, which appears to have accelerated in recent months.

Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reaffirmed the US commitment to protect South Korea after a meeting with President Moon Jae-in, spokesman Park Su-hyun told reporters in Seoul on Monday.

"The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complex and sensitive. North Korean actions threaten the economic and military security of China", a United States military spokesman said in a statement.

Tension on the Korean peninsula had eased slightly earlier on Monday as South Korea's president said resolving North Korea's nuclear ambitions must be done peacefully.

Concern that North Korea is close to achieving its goal of putting the mainland United States within range of a nuclear weapon has caused tension to spike in recent months. "There is no military solution for this conflict, it must be worked out via negotiations", Merkel said in response to a question on North Korea in a YouTube interview. "Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula", Moon said.

Speaking with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday in a phone conversation, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said peacefully solving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is in the interest of all relevant parties, including China and Russia.

Mr Moon, a liberal who favours engagement with the North, delivered a nationally televised speech on Tuesday on the anniversary of the end of the Second World War and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule.

Lobbing missiles toward Guam would be a deeply provocative act from the USA perspective.

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