Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

'Mad Dog' Mattis to Kim Jong-Un: We win, you lose

'Mad Dog' Mattis to Kim Jong-Un: We win, you lose

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon said Thursday that the USA and South Korean militaries are prepared to "immediately and sternly punish" any kind of provocation by North Korea, but didn't elaborate on how the allies are preparing.

While speaking to reporters at the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) event in Mountain View, California, he was asked by a reporter, "Can you talk about the human toll we might see in the event of a nuclear confrontation?"

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He warned that the tragedy of war is well known and a military conflict could be 'catastrophic'.

Maloney noted that Defense Secretary James Mattis has said that diplomatic efforts to contain the North Korea are working, and should remain the favored means of resolving the crisis. "It doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic".

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'Mad Dog' Mattis to Kim Jong-Un: We win, you lose

"[Kim Jong-un] has been very threatening beyond a normal statement, and as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before", Trump concluded.

Earlier this week, Gen. Kim Rak-Gyom, who heads North Korea's rocket command, said in a statement carried by state media that Pyongyang was "about to take" military action near the USA territory of Guam.

Trump has notched up his criticism of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying he has "gotten away with [horrific] things for a long time between him and his family" and that he wouldn't let Kim "get away it" now.

Analysts say the new sanctions could cut off roughly one-third of North Korea's estimated $3 billion in annual exports and put a huge dent in the funding Pyongyang needs for its weapons and nuclear programs.

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