Military Action Against North Korea Should Not Be an Option - US Congresswoman

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The threat to attack Guam, he says, is a test of President Trump's "larger strategy".

"The tragedy of war is well enough known", Mattis said, responding to a question about the human toll of a nuclear confrontation between the DPRK and the U.S.

Britain's UN ambassador said the United Kingdom "stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States" in tackling the nuclear threat from North Korea and making sure it can not pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.

Mattis' comments come on the heels of North Korea's state media announcement Thursday that its military would devise a plan by mid-August to fire four intermediate range missiles at the USA territory of Guam as a "crucial warning to the U.S". "Defusing the North Korea threat will take smart, steady leadership and stronger diplomatic ties with our key allies", Sen.

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said North Korea should cease any consideration of actions that would "lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not going to get away with his "horrific" comments and disrespecting America.

The announcement Thursday warned that the North is preparing a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan and into waters around the tiny island, which hosts 7,000 US military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

Trump has said he would not allow Pyongyang to develop a nuclear weapon capable of hitting the United States.

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These and other unsettling nuclear attack survival tips have been released by Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense. Resident Isaac Camacho, 19, says he feels Guam's relationship with the US mainland is "a little misunderstood on their part".

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Pyongyang has been louder in its complaints against a new and tough round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, with strong U.S. backing, and Washington's use of Guam as a staging ground for its stealth bombers, which could be used to attack North Korea and are a particularly sore point with the ruling regime in Pyongyang.

"North Korea is isolated and will face further consequences from the global community for their destabilizing actions".

He believes the best way to handle the current situation is diplomacy.

"If North Korea does anything in terms of even thinking about attack, of anybody that we love or we represent or our allies or us, they can be very, very nervous", Trump said. But he says that, until that happens, the U.S.

The Northern Viper drills are one of the scheduled exercises that Japan's Self Defence Forces conducts regularly with their USA counterparts and are not a response to the latest tensions.

"The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight".

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

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