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Military Action Against North Korea Should Not Be an Option - US Congresswoman

Military Action Against North Korea Should Not Be an Option - US Congresswoman

The top officials, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State and James Mattis, Defense Secretary have jointly said that the aim of U.S. "peaceful pressure campaign" was denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, not regime change.

"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 the event. Recent statements by members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as well as other regional and global voices, have made clear the worldwide community holds one view regarding North Korea's provocative and risky actions: They must stop.

Tensions have escalated rapidly in recent weeks after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July. Their move seems to be altogether different than President Trump's "fire and fury" warning against Pyongyang.

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The two secretaries dedicated much of their op-ed to China, which voted earlier this month to support a new package of sanctions.

"The U.S. will continue to request Chinese and Russian commitments not to provide the regime with economic lifelines and to persuade it to abandon its risky path", the two secretaries wrote, naming another of North Korea's major global trade partners. "The region and world need and expect China to do more".

North Korea on Thursday announced a detailed plan to launch a salvo of ballistic missiles toward the US Pacific territory of Guam, a major military hub and home to US bombers. "North Korea now faces a choice". "The [United States] will aspire and work for the former, and will remain vigilant against the latter".