Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Trump aide says Tillerson's role is diplomatic, not military

Global markets jolted by Trump's fiery warning to North Korea East Asia Is Seriously Freaked Out About Trump And North Korea
Howard Terry | 13 August, 2017, 00:58

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has insisted that diplomatic efforts to contain the threat posed by North Korea are working, and remain the favored means for solving the crisis.

Asked Thursday whether the secretary-general could be a mediator, Dujarric says, "He is always willing to do so".

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

Mattis did not elaborate on the diplomatic results he referenced, but the UN Security Council at the weekend passed a new set of sanctions against Pyongyang over its weapons program, including bans on the export of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood.

The statement says that "only absolute force" can work on someone as "bereft of reason" as Trump.

GORKA: I never said that secretary of state was - that's fake news 101.

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

On Thursday, U.S. and Japanese troops began an 18-day live fire exercise on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, which was to include rocket artillery drills and involve 3,500 troops.

More than 60 Democratic lawmakers urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday to rein in President Donald Trump's aggressive rhetoric against North Korea, saying the risks of military conflict are too high. 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.

USA intelligence reports claiming that North Korea has miniaturized a nuclear bomb to fit on top of intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States have prompted Trump to threaten massive retaliation if Pyongyang attacks.

There are about 29,000 American troops permanently stationed in South Korea.

North Korea responded by claiming it is preparing a plan to fire missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific. "We should also make clear that, if the USA and South Korea carry out military attacks to overthrow the North Korean regime and change the political landscape on the Korean Peninsula, China will be determined to take actions to prevent them from doing so".

"North Korea has said it may attack Guam in retaliation".

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