North Korea Remains a Diplomatic Effort Amid Rising Tensions: Mattis

Defense chief calls for close cooperation between US industry, Pentagon

Defense chief calls for close cooperation between US industry, Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday called for close cooperation between the U.S. industrial community and the Pentagon.

Addressing the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting, Mattis said: "What does the future hold?"

He emphasized that now, Washington resorts to diplomacy, adding that the UN Security Council twice in a row voted unanimously in favor of imposing stronger sanctions on Pyongyang over its ballistic and nuclear missile launches. Mattis' talk of keeping the Army ready to carry out that threat only adds to concern that the U.S. could start a massive war at any moment.

US President Donald Trump said last week that years of talking to the North and providing aid haven't worked and that there was "only one thing [that] will work" to rein in North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

He added, "What we want to do is be so ready and be very much aware that we fight the way we come, that everybody in the world wants to deal with Secretary Tillerson and the Department of State, not the Department of Defense and the United States Army". "Sorry, but only one thing will work!".

Despite almost 25 years of talks with North Korea, it has been able to develop nuclear bombs and the missiles needed to deliver them.

The US and its ally South Korea staged drills in September near the heavily-fortified border with North Korea. American forces in both countries would likely be involved in a violent conflict with North Korea.

Similarly, Trump sent tweets on Saturday claiming North Korea had been making "fools of USA negotiators" for years, adding that "only one thing will work" in terms of confronting Pyongyang.

People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 29, 2017. During the address, Trump said that the USA will "totally destroy" North Korea if necessary and tweeted that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer".

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