Defense Secretary James Mattis warned Thursday that war with North Korea would be “catastrophic” and said diplomatic efforts were yielding results, Newsmax reports.
“The American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results and I want to stay right there right now,” Mattis said at an event in California.
“The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn’t need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic,” he added.
Meanwhile, Eddie Calvo, the governor of the U.S. territory of Guam, praised President Donald Trump’s remarks about taking on North Korea.
“As far as I’m concerned, as an American citizen, I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attacks Guam… that they will be met with hell and fury,” Calvo said Wednesday on Fox News “Tucker Carlson Tonight”.
“There is a concern and worry, but there is no panic,” Calvo said, noting North Korea has issued threats against Guam and other areas in the region before.
“We encourage everyone to go through their lives and live them like you would do any other day,” he added.
The governor expressed concern over Senator Lindsey Graham, saying Wednesday any war with North Korea would be fought in the region, “not here in America”.
“This is American sovereign soil… there are over 200,000 American citizens. So, it’s important that, as we make decisions, that those folks that are in a position of leadership that they understand that war is the last option.” Calvo said.
Madelien Bordallo, Guam’s representative to Congress, said Guam is taking North Korea’s threats seriously because the country has been.