Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

North Korea says Trump has 'lit the wick of war'

North Korea says Trump has 'lit the wick of war'

This was stated by US Defense Secretary James Mattis at a military exhibition organized by the American Army Association, TASS reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un again defended Sunday's development of his "valuable" nuclear program, and keeps insisting that it is needed in order to address any United States threats, coinciding with Saturday's Trump statements that "only one thing will work" with Pyongyang.

At talks with the delegation, Ri Yong-ho spoke about the tense situation around North Korea due to the United States, and his country's readiness to counter any aggression.

The North Korean regime is also believed to have roughly 1,300 aircraft, 300 helicopters, 430 combatant vessels, 250 amphibious vessels, 70 submarines, 4,300 tanks, 2,500 armored vehicles and 5,500 multiple rocket launchers, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

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"There's one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is you have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our President can employ if needed", Mattis said.

Corker and some USA lawmakers have in recent days expressed concern that Trump undermines Washington's diplomatic efforts through his threatening rhetoric, which could lead to miscalculation, especially over sensitive issues such as North Korea's nuclear problem. Trump said. "That's the way it works".

Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un amid rising tensions between the two countries.

But Mattis added that the military would continue to prepare options should diplomacy fail.

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Asked by a TASS reporter if dialogue between North Korea and the U.S. is possible, Ri said it is not.

While the president has repeatedly rejected the possibility of negotiations with North Korea, arguing that dialogue is a waste of time while emphasizing the military option, Tillerson and Mattis have been calling for a diplomatic solution supported by a military option.

North Korea has pursued its missile and nuclear programs in defiance of worldwide condemnation and sanctions. She said conversations with USA friends and allies indicated that such a campaign "is starting to have an effect, adding, "We're pleased with that".

The two B-1B bombers were accompanied by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, according to South Korea's military.

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