Defense Secretary James Mattis spoke during a pentagon press conference and said there are U.S. and international efforts to find a solution in regards to North Korea's missle program. According to Mattis, a military solution would be "tragic on an unbelievable scale."
The Hill reports:
Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday that should the United States be forced to engage in “a military solution” with North Korea, it would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.”
Speaking during a Pentagon press conference, Mattis said there are “many different efforts underway” to curb North Korea’s aggressive missile program and tests. He noted there are both U.S. and international attempts to find a solution.
“We’re going to continue to work the issue,” he told reports. “If this goes to a military solution, it is going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale. So our effort is to work with the [United Nations], work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation.”
Mattis’s comments come after North Korean this past weekend conducted a ballistic missile test.
The missile reached an altitude of roughly 1,300 miles and landed in the sea between Japan and the Korean Peninsula, more than 430 miles from its launch site.
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