Defense Secretary James Mattis warned North Korea in stark terms on Wednesday that it faces devastation if it does not end its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
“The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said in a statement, referring to North Korea.
“The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
Mattis’s remarks follow bellicose comments from President Trump warning North Korea of “fire and fury” if it takes aggressive steps toward the United States.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that North Korea had obtained the capability of creating a nuclear warhead small enough to place on a missile.
Mattis’s remarks could be part of a coordinated effort with the White House to send a tough signal to both North Korea and China, the reclusive country’s main ally.
North Korea has responded to Trump’s comments with its own tough rhetoric. On Tuesday, it suggested it could launch an attack on Guam.
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SOURCE: The Hill, Ellen Mitchell