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

President Donald Trump warned that North Korea would

Instead, Mr. Mattis reiterated that the administration's diplomatic efforts to quell tensions on the peninsula remained the top priority for the White House.

And U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday appeared to downplay the possibility of armed conflict.

The North was responding to Trump's threat in a statement from its military carried by state-run news agency KCNA.

On Thursday, Mr. Mattis declined to comment whether he was taken aback by Mr. Trump's harsh rhetoric.

"While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth", Mattis said.

A deputy assistant to President Donald Trump has dismissed statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson regarding a military response to North Korea as "simply nonsensical".

"Accordingly, we respectfully but firmly urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that President Trump and other administration officials understand the importance of speaking, and acting with the utmost caution and restraint on this delicate issue".

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"The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight".

While Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the US and spoke of meeting the North with "fire and fury like the world has never seen", Tillerson on Wednesday played down those comments.

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"I don't tell the enemy in advance what we are going to do", he said, adding that in the event of an attack, "We are ready".

US defense and national security officials have repeatedly touted the capabilities of the USA missile defense shield over the last several weeks, in the wake of a pair of successful test launches by North Korea of its latest intercontinental ballistic missile in July. What they do to their own people in North Korea, I can't tell you on television.

But it also said that if the US and South Korea took a first strike against North Korea, China should intervene.

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