U.S. warns North Korea to avoid destruction of its people

Secretary Mattis says US is 'ready' to counter North Korean threat

Secretary Mattis says US is 'ready' to counter North Korean threat

Critics say the tweet sharply increases the likelihood of a conflict between the countries, as North Korea could misinterpret Trump's rhetoric and USA military maneuvers as signs of impending invasion and launch a preemptive attack.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said war with North Korea would be "catastrophic" as tensions with the reclusive nation reach breaking point.

Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not going to get away with his "horrific" comments and disrespecting America. On Thursday, Mattis went on to say the Trump administration is "prioritizing the threat" but also looking at "how to deal with it in a diplomatically effective manner". Trump threatened North Korea with "fire and fury" in return.

Mr Mattis issued a statement as he travelled to the West Coast.

'But of course if North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously awful consequences will follow, and there's no point ducking that inevitable outcome, ' he said, promising Australian military support for the United States if it was attacked.

Mattis said the tragedy of war is well-known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic".

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Earlier Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended Trump's remarks.

The Kim Jong-Un "regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates". He said that while the United States is pursuing diplomatic solutions, the combined military power of America and its allies is the most robust on Earth. "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

An attack would require more military assets than the US now has stationed in the Korean peninsula and east Asia.

"I think what the president was just reaffirming is that the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack, and our allies, and we will do so", Tillerson said.

"I was not elected, the American people elected the president", he said.

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