"If (a nuclear attack) were to occur, then you're seeing not only catastrophe in the Marianas, you're not only seeing catastrophe in the Korean peninsula, catastrophe in Japan, but the world". He cautioned against portraying his words as a virtual declaration of war.
Speaking to reporters, Mattis added that the USA military would "take out" any North Korean missile it detects is heading for American soil, including Guam, a us territory.
The Pacific island nation - an unincorporated territory of the U.S. - was this week threatened by Pyongyang with missile strikes, which has been widely condemned by the worldwide community.
Donald Trump has reassured the governor of of Guam that the U.S. territory is safe, as the Pacific island finds itself at the centre of tensions between North Korea and the US. "We stand ready to defend our nation", Mattis said, echoing his warning from Monday that if North Korea fired on U.S. territory it would be "game on".
"We will defend the country from any attack, at any time, from any quarter. But it's not declaring war, it's not that I'm over here Dr. Strangelove doing things like that", he added. The Pentagon meanwhile warned that any strike against the United States could "very quickly" escalate into war. "I need a certain amount of ambiguity because I'm not going to tell them what I'm going to do in each case", Mattis said.
"If he utters one threat in form of overt threat - which by the way he's been uttering for years - or if he does anything with Guam or American territory or ally, he will truly regret it and he will regret it fast", the U.S. President said.
Moon, in a televised speech Tuesday on the anniversary of the end of World War II and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule, said that Seoul and Washington agree that the crisis over the North's nuclear program should "absolutely be solved peacefully", and that no USA military action on the Korean Peninsula could be taken without Seoul's consent.
Tillerson says: "We continue to be interested in trying to find a way to get to dialogue but that's up to him".
But the two USA secretaries also described the regime in Pyongyang as "hostile".
Washington, Aug 13 North Korea's "grave threat" demands a "concerted effort" from the U.S. and its worldwide allies, a top American security official said today as he warned that the two countries were closer to war than they were a decade ago.
Tensions have increased as North Korea advanced toward being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear-armed missile.
"I don't think anyone wants to take it on".
"It's not different messages, it is understanding where we are at right now". -South Korea drills begin.
North Korea's state news agency KCNA reported earlier in the day that leader Kim Jong Un had examined plans for a launch.
The Global Times, while state-run, often uses stronger language than the official line from Beijing.
The restrictions came after North Korea's latest missile tests, which it claimed involved the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). "All over the world, they are talking about Guam". The North in turn threatened to test-fire its missiles towards the US Pacific island of Guam.
US President Donald Trump and his French counterpart pledged in a phone call Saturday to work to denuclearise North Korea, but Trump again spoke of possible "military measures" if other steps fail.
Governor Eddie Calvo said he was grateful that Trump was taking a strong stance against North Korean threats to Guam - a USA territory island in the West Pacific. Seoul and Washington say the exercises are defensive in nature.
Kenya's election commission said its process was fair and worldwide observers praised its handling of the election. The opposition called the vote a "charade" and said that going to court to challenge it was not an option.
Bolt took the unusual step of racing the relay heats, something usually reserved for the more unheralded members of the squad. Sir Mo Farah admitted his quest for double World Championship gold will be tough as he looks for the fairytale farewell.
Brooks is running against odd in the Alabama election to decide who will gain Attorney General Jeff Sessions's Republican seat. The message followed a tweeted endorsement by Trump last week in an attempt to boost unusual in what could be a close race.
The road blockage and bad weather have hampered the rescue and relief operations in the areas affected by the floods. A Kathmandu Post report said that public health experts have warned of water-borne epidemic in the flood-hit areas.
Asked if Coutinho had let down his team mates with his request, Klopp said: "I am not part of the discussion with the group". Silva said they expected a good reaction from their oponents and felt like they played with the same intensity as them.
The 55-year-old actor was filming the latest movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise when he was hurt on set. According to TIME , Cruise previously filmed a stunt on a roof before but that time it was in Paris.
Trump's promises to be tougher than previous presidents on trade, his administration has proceeded with high levels of caution. Trump is expected to return to Washington from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. on Monday to sign the memo.
The cat almost took a chunk out of this Busch Stadium grounds crew member's finger during Wednesday's Cardinals-Royals game. Louis Feral Cat Outreach , where volunteers are treating the cat and helping it recover before preparing it for adoption.
Lincoln Memorial vandalized with explicit graffiti
It took nearly one month to remove the damage but the woman was later found incompetent and didn't stand trial. Park Police is now investigating the incident-anyone with information can call them at 202-610-7515.
Trump just retweeted someone appearing to call him a 'fascist'
Arpaio continued to carry out the operations for another 18 months but claimed that he didn't violate the order intentionally. Trump then deleted another retweet which showed a person with the CNN logo superimposed over them being hit by a Trump train.
Woman says she found rodent in Chick-fil-A sandwich
The lawsuit stated that Kwon previously worked within restaurant businesses and was an asset to the companies. In published reports , the franchisee says they will not comment on an ongoing allegation and investigation.
PM Modi concerned about Gorakhpur deaths, says CM Adityanath
Patel said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was concerned about the incident and assured all cooperation to UP in health sector. The hospital has reported that most of the deaths from a lack of oxygen occurred in its neonatal and encephalitis wards.
Wall Street lower on US-North Korea tensions
The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index lost 4.19 points, or 0.18 percent, to 2,364.20 in the first 15 minutes of trading. Heading into Thursday, some 89 percent of the companies in the S&P 500 had reported quarterly results.