Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Mattis: Military solution to NKorea would be 'tragic'

Mattis: Military solution to NKorea would be 'tragic' Mattis: Military solution to NKorea would be 'tragic'
Kenny Thornton | 20 May, 2017, 00:01

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday the US-led coalition was now encircling ISIS fighters in their strongholds in a tactical shift before starting a military campaign to destroy them.

"Those foreign fighters are a threat, so by taking the time to deconflict, to surround, and then attack, we carry out the annihilation campaign so we don't simply transplant this problem from one location to another", Mattis told reporters. "If this goes to a military solution, it's going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale". But he stressed the need for a peaceful resolution by working through the United Nations and with countries including China.

Experts said the missile could have flown about 4,500 km if it had been fired at a normal angle. "They clearly aren't listening, but there appears to be some impact by the Chinese working here", he said. "It's not obviously ideal when they launch a missile", Mattis said, when asked about Sunday's launch.

Mattis says the North's latest missile test showed it wasn't heeding cautions from the global community.

Mattis' comments come after North Korean this past weekend conducted a ballistic missile test.

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The North said that it fired the missile at the highest angle in consideration of security of neighboring countries, and the missile reached the maximum altitude of more than 2,111.5 kilometers before landing in the East Sea 787 km away.

Mattis also described the need to focus on foreign fighters who, he said, were more risky because of their ability to slip back to their homes outside of ISIS territory.

"This test in principle gave them a lot of information about this, assuming they had sensors that could send information back during reentry so they could monitor the heat, or they could recover the reentry vehicle and examine it", he said.

Dunford attributed this in part to the Trump administration's relaxation of Obama-era restrictions on the movement of USA military advisers on the battlefield.

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