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Mattis says if DPRK attacks U.S. it could 'escalate into war'
08:48, 15 August 2017
Mattis says if DPRK attacks U.S. it could 'escalate into war'

U.S. Defense Secretary said the United States would know the trajectory of a North Korean missile "within moments"

08:48, 15 August 2017

EPA

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that if North Korea was to fire a missile at the United States, the situation could escalate into war. This was reported by Reuters.

"If they fire at the United States, it could escalate into war very quickly," Mattis told reporters.

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Mattis said the United States would know the trajectory of a North Korean missile "within moments" and if a missile is assessed to be hitting Guam, "we will take it out."

Earlier it was reported that Washington is ready to apply force against North Korea, but the U.S. is eager to settle things by means of diplomacy, according to James Mattis, the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

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