Nuclear confrontation with North Korea would be "catastrophic": Mattis

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Turnbull says: "The United States knows as we know and as Donald Trump reaffirmed. that America stands by its allies including Australia of course and we stand with the United States".

Mattis referred to that two-track policy on Wednesday.

North Korea announced that military leaders are planning to launch four intermediate-range Hwasong-12 missiles only 25 miles off the coast of Guam, a USA territory in the Pacific Ocean.

Mattis did not elaborate on the diplomatic results he referenced, but the UN Security Council at the weekend passed a new set of sanctions against Pyongyang over its weapons program, including bans on the export of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore as well as fish and seafood. The president met this evening with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to discuss their diplomatic efforts.

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

It's the latest warning since he said earlier this week that North Korea faces "retaliation with fire and fury unlike any the world has seen before. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!" But he says that, until that happens, the U.S.

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North Korea has unleashed personal attacks on past Washington and Seoul leaders. "The whole of the Security Council has come together behind that, and I think that we should see the President's public comments as one of the strands, one of the many strands of USA activity". "The Secretary General welcomes all initiatives that will help deescalate tensions and welcomes a return to diplomacy".

Pyongyang on Thursday announced it was finalising a plan to fire four missiles near the U.S. territory of Guam.

The issue came to the fore again this week when US intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the USA or its allies.

Mattis noted that the president was informed that North Korea was a "growing threat last December" and once he was inaugurated, his first orders to Mattis "emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces".

Japan and South Korea vowed a strong reaction if the North were to go through with the plan.

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