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James Mattis warned a war with North Korea was dangerous
James Mattis warned war with the hermit state would place both the United States and its allies in the region at extreme risk.
And he claimed any military conflict would be the “worst kind of fighting” seen during most people’s lifetimes.
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Speaking on CBS News, Mr Mattis said: “The North Korean regime has hundreds of artillery cannons and rocket launchers within range of one of the most densely populated cities on earth, which is the capital of South Korea.
"This regime is a threat to the region, to Japan, to South Korea. And in the event of war, they would bring danger to China and to Russia as well.
“But the bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we're not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means."
North Korea tests long range missile as nuclear programme continues
Mon, May 22, 2017
North Korea has successfully launched a ground-to-ground missile 500km towards the Sea of Japan, as tensions on the Korean peninsular reach new heights.
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The ground-to-ground medium-to-long range ballistic missile
Asked about Kim Jong-un’s rogue weapons programme, he said that the the Trump administration is assuming that “with a testing program they get better with each test”.
He added: ”They have been very clear in their rhetoric we don't have to wait until they have an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon on it to say that now it's manifested completely.”
His comments come after North Korea’s state broadcast KCTV has aired footage of Kim Jong-un’s latest missile test.
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US defence secretary James Mattis
The clip shows a high-powered missile launch from a deserted wasteland as the chubby dictator looks on.
KCNA said that the exercise tested "a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon”.
It claimed that defects formerly present in the system have now been corrected, however experts have cast doubt on the rogue nation’s claims.
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Tensions have continued to rise between Washington and Pyongyang over the rapidly advancing nuclear weapons programme in North Korea.
The US order a Navy strike group move into the west pacific near the Korean peninsula, in a move denounced by the state as an act of aggression.
While Kim Jong-Un has threatened a strike on the US military if provoked further.
Allied countries in the area have been put on high alert, after Donald Trump last month said a “major, major conflict: was possible.