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U.S. diplomacy over N. Korea making headway, says Mattis

Aug 11, 2017, 5:18 AM EDT
U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis added that a war would be "catastrophic."
(Source: Jim Mattis/flickr)

Amid fiery exchange of rhetoric between the two nations, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, said that Washington’s diplomatic efforts to rein in N. Korea are showing results, adding that a war would be “catastrophic.”

Mattis’ toned down comment came as U.S. President Donald Trump stepped up the war of words with the reclusive state, saying that Pyongyang “must get its act together” or be prepared to face what few nations have been through, writes the BBC.

Trump refused to comment on any U.S. plans for carrying out pre-emptive strikes on the North while indicating that he could soften stance on China’s trade policies if Beijing pressures Pyongyang, notes The Guardian.

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