Korea War Would Be 'Catastrophic,' Diplomacy Bearing Fruit: US's Mattis

The bunker which was completed in 1990 was built to hold up to 235 people in the event of a nuclear bomb and is complete with kitchen facilities dormitories and decontamination chambers

The bunker which was completed in 1990 was built to hold up to 235 people in the event of a nuclear bomb and is complete with kitchen facilities dormitories and decontamination chambers

State spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters at a press briefing that, although Tillerson has not discussed military options against North Korea, he certainly has a say in the Trump administration's policies. "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".

In a process dubbed the "New York channel", Joseph Yun, the U.S. envoy for North Korea policy and the only American to meet with North Koreans, passes messages back and forth between the two nuclear-armed nations.

During the radio interview, Gorka also pushed back on more levelheaded comments by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Americans should "sleep well at night" and "have no concerns" over the the threat of attacks from North Korea.

"It's a good sign" that communication still takes place, he said.

"However, right now, Secretary Tillerson, Ambassador Haley, you can see the American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results", Mattis said.

USA military strategists at the Pentagon have a military solution in place to address the growing threat emanating from North Korea, but they are holding their fire in favor of ongoing diplomatic efforts by Washington and its allies, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Thursday.

"But the last person in the world you want to give a missile with a nuclear weapon on top is Kim Jong Un, given the way he's treated his own people, and what he's said about us".

Dollar at eight-week low vs yen as North Korea tensions simmer
Benchmark U.S. 10-year notes were last up rose 11/32 in price to yield 2.2423 percent, from 2.282 percent late on Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 204.69 points, or 0.9 percent, to 21,844.01, just shy of its low point for the day.

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.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump threatened to rain down "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if North Korea did not curb its nuclear programs.

North Korea responded by claiming it is preparing a plan to fire missiles at the USA territory of Guam in the western Pacific.

"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.in tackling this threat and many others".

And he points to another sign that the U.S.is not moving toward war with North Korea: There have been no efforts to evacuate the at least 150,000 US citizens living in South Korea.

South Korea's military says North Korea will face a "stern and strong" response from Washington and Seoul if it acts on threats to fire missiles near Guam.

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