Mattis says USA wants diplomatic solution for NK

WATCH LIVE: State Department expected to address North Korean threats in news briefing

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For those anxious that President Trump might get into nuclear war with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson provided some solace Wednesday.

"What the president is doing is sending a strong message to North Korea in language that Kim Jong Un can understand, because he doesn't seem to understand diplomatic language", Tillerson said.

For the secretary of state to do one of his core job responsibilities - representing the USA in vital, high-level negotiations - foreign countries need to believe that he's actually speaking for the president when he or she makes policy pronouncements or commits to a negotiated deal.

Mattis made the remarks to reporters at an event in California on Thursday, adding that the US prefers a diplomatic approach to the North Korean threat. Defense Secretary James Mattis was more circumspect, though, when he was asked about the president's saber rattling.

Many noted that the wording echoed Harry Truman's warning at the time of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Exxon Mobil Corp.is moving toward the conclusion of an agreement to drill in the Russian Arctic, Tillerson said. "You've got a insane man".

U.S military officials played down the potential for military conflict. He has taken Twitter potshots at Mexico while Tillerson was in meetings with Mexican officials meant to fix damage to the relationship inflicted by the President's comments about the country and its people. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us".

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It makes sense that Trump's team is blaming its predecessor: Obama's efforts to stop North Korea's nuclear advancement obviously didn't work. Is that what the U.K. would do if a nation threatened a nuclear-tipped missile launched against any of the United Kingdom's territories?

The stakes with North Korea - nuclear-armed, led by a ruthless, untested and all-powerful young leader intent on the ability to strike the U.S. - make the mixed messages the USA is sending uniquely unsafe, analysts and former officials say.

The cleanup patrol has a domestic operation, too. Nobody loves a peaceful solution better than President Trump. "That's the story now, not what might happen in September".

China has urged the United States and North Korea on Friday to be "cautious" with their words and actions after the two sides stepped up their bellicose rhetoric over Pyongyang's weapons programme. "And I think it was important that he deliver that message to avoid any miscalculation on their part". "Americans should sleep well at night", Tillerson said, tempering Trump's promise to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the United States.

Most missile tests are off limits to missile defenses, because they don't go through forbidden areas; a shot just off a major USA base would be fair game, though. This time, it was the duty of the national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, to reassure South Koreans that the United States would continue to pay.

GORKA: Absolutely, absolutely but there's a secretary of defense and there's a secretary of state.

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