State Department Press Briefing on North Korea

Secretary Mattis says U.S. is 'ready&apos to counter North Korean threat

Secretary Mattis says U.S. is 'ready&apos to counter North Korean threat

He cautioned if that country should act unwisely, military solutions are now fully in place.

The Secretary of Defense's comments come as President Donald Trump has doubled down on comments made on Tuesday, in which he said that North Korea would face "fire and fury" if Kim Jong Un continued making threats against the United States.

Mattis said the tragedy of war is well-known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic". "Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" "He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody has seen before".

Dujarric says Guterres welcomed the U.N. Security Council's adoption last Saturday of a resolution imposing new sanctions on North Korea, including banning any coal, iron lead and seafood exports, and is urging all U.N. member states to implement it.

If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

Trump is also warning about the dangers of nuclear weapons, saying he'd like to "de-nuke the world".

"North Korea has said it may attack Guam in retaliation". That's the preferred way to deal with it, ' Turnbull said in a radio interview.

North Korea announced that military leaders are planning to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles only 25 miles off the coast of Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific Ocean.

'The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly complicated and sensitive.

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 USA military personnel on two main bases and has a population of 160,000.

The Northern Viper drills are one of the scheduled exercises that Japan's Self Defence Forces conducts regularly with their US counterparts and are not a response to the latest tensions. "The whole of the Security Council has come together behind that, and I think that we should see the President's public comments as one of the strands, one of the many strands of USA activity".

But it also said that if the USA and South Korea took a first strike against North Korea, China should intervene.

It is the second time this week that a key member of the US administration has tried to calm the waters after bellicose comments from the president. Moon is likely to highlight his policy on North Korea on the holiday, the only one the two Koreas share.

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.