The Latest: Mattis says US wants diplomatic solution for NK

KIRO | 8/10/2017 | Staff
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times EDT):

7:30 p.m.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration is working with its allies on a diplomatic solution to escalating tensions with North Korea.

Speaking with reporters in Mountain View, California, Mattis says his responsibility is to have military options but the American effort is focused on diplomacy.

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He points out the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted last week to characterize North Korea's statements as a "threat to the world's community."

He asks, "How often do you see France, China, Russia, the U.S. voting unanimously on any issue?"

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Mattis says the tragedy of war is well known and "it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic."

7:17 p.m.

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Australia's prime minister says his country would come to the aid of the United States if North Korea attacks Guam.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW: "We would come to the aid of the United States. How that manifests itself will obviously depend on the circumstances and consultations with our allies."

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Turnbull added: "If North Korea decides to carry out some of its violent threats, then obviously terrible consequences will follow."

The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight.

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Turnbull says: "The United States knows as we know and as Donald Trump reaffirmed ... that America stands by its allies including Australia of course and we stand with the United States."

He added: "It is absolutely rock solid and everyone understands that. In terms of defense, we are joined at the hip."


5 p.m.

The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "troubled" by the escalating rhetoric from all sides in the North Korea nuclear dispute.

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U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric says Guterres "welcomes all initiatives that will help de-escalate the tensions and a return to diplomacy."

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