May 29, 2017
U.S. defense secretary Mattis says war with North Korea would be 'catastrophic'매티스 미 국방 '북한과 군사충돌, 재앙적 전쟁'…외교해법 무게
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis has warned of grave consequences, if diplomatic efforts to ease tensions between Washington and Pyongyang fail.
He also expressed concerns over North Korea's growing missile capabilities.
Yu Joonhee has this report.
In an interview that aired on CBS on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned, a potential military conflict with North Korea would be "catastrophic".
Pointing to North Korea's potent arsenal of tube artillery and rocket launchers that have Seoul within striking range, he said a war on the peninsula, would likely be the "worst kind of fighting" many people would ever see in their lifetime.
Mattis also expressed concern over North Korea's ICBM capabilities, believing the country's arsenal was improving with every test, and that it posed a "direct threat" to the United States.
Mattis refused to comment in detail, when asked if there was a theoretical red line, or a point of no return for North Korea, that would force the U.S. to intervene militarily.
Pyongyang has already conducted nine ballistic missile tests so far this year, with the latest one occurring early Monday morning.
The latest launch follows the regime's testing of a KN-06 surface-to-air missile on Sunday, under the supervision of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Pyongyang's state-media claimed it was a success, saying the missile's capabilities have been upgraded since last year.
Kim Jong-un reportedly gave orders that the missile be mass-produced and deployed immediately.
As it prepares for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon is scheduled to conduct a test of its missile defense system on Tuesday, where it will attempt to shoot down a mock ICBM.
While President Trump has said he prefers a diplomatic solution, he also warned that a "major, major conflict" was possible between the North Korea and the United States.
Yu Joonhee, Arirang News.
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