Nuclear confrontation with North Korea would be "catastrophic": Mattis

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Maloney noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that diplomatic efforts to contain the North Korea are working, and should remain the favored means of resolving the crisis.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon said Thursday that the US and South Korean militaries are prepared to "immediately and sternly punish" any kind of provocation by North Korea, but didn't elaborate on how the allies are preparing.

"The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now", he added.

He spoke a day after President Trump warned that he would unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea continued to threaten America, rhetoric that suggested the two countries are edging closer to conflict.

The President's comments on Tuesday have been the backdrop to a week of growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last month for the first time, and USA intelligence agencies assess that Pyongyang is capable of producing a compact nuclear warhead and putting it atop a long-range missile.

Trump has stated that he is prepared to engage in all-out war if North Korea launches its missiles.

It says North Korea will complete a plan by mid-August for the "historic enveloping fire at Guam", convey it to the commander in chief of its nuclear force and then "wait for his order". Nonetheless, a war of words is being waged between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang.On Aug. 11, Trump affirmed via Twitter that the U.S.is "locked and loaded" for action against North Korea if provoked, saying "military solutions are now fully in place".

"My portfolio, my mission, my responsibility is to have military options if you need it", Mattis responded.

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