Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Korea to cease actions leading to end of its regime

Korea to cease actions leading to end of its regime

Tensions between the USA and North Korea are rumbling higher as U.S. defence secretary Jim Mattis warned Pyongyang that it should put an end to actions that could lead to the "end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

DPRK is the acronym of North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

"The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people", he said.

He made it clear that while the State Department is pursuing "diplomatic means" with Pyongyang, "North Korea will be grossly overmatched by the US and its allies" and would lose any arms race it starts.

It comes following an exchange of threats and boasts of nuclear power by President Donald Trump and North Korea. "And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before".

North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile last month for the first time, and USA intelligence agencies assess that Pyongyang is capable of producing a compact nuclear warhead and putting it atop a long-range missile.

Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesman for the Korean People's Army said in a statement carried by North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency that the Guam attack plan would be "put into practice in a multi-current and consecutive way any moment" after leader Kim Jong-un made a decision.

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Mr Mattis said any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the United States, and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict it started.

The North Korean regime has conducted 12 tests so far this year, with one ICBM test conducted in late July sending a missile 2,300 miles into space and 45 minutes into the air.

The nuclear advances were detailed in an official Japanese assessment and a Washington Post story that cited United States intelligence officials and a confidential Defense Intelligence Agency report.

Trump's language towards North Korea has become increasingly hard-edged since Pyongyang carried out a pair of successful intercontinental ballistic missile tests (ICBM) in July, which put the U.S. mainland in range for the first time. On Saturday, for example, members of the U.N. Security Council approved new economic sanctions on the regime.

Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Trump's threat to North Korea "is reckless and shows a serious lack of judgment".

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says they are trying the diplomatic route with North Korea, but also stressed the might of the US would overwhelm the Asian nation's military. Japan hosts around 54,000 U.S. military personnel, the U.S. Department of Defense says, and tens of thousands of Americans work in both countries.

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