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Saturday, December 16, 2017

US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Friday (Dec 15) that analysis continued on North Korea's most recent missile test, but he did not believe its intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) posed an imminent threat to the United States. "It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now... we're still doing the forensics analysis," Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. Last month, North Korea said it had successfully tested a new type of ICBM that could reach all of the US mainland and South Korea and US-based experts said data from the Nov 29 test appeared to support that. Mattis did not elaborate on what was lacking in the test to show it was not a capable threat. Some US based experts believe North Korea could be only two or three tests away from being able to declare the missile operational.

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US President Donald Trump vowed "it won't happen" after North Korean said in January is was in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States.

Trump has said all options are on the table, including military ones, although his administration has made clear it prefers a diplomatic solution.

"It continues to be a diplomatically led effort," Mattis said. "When we're ready to have conversations... dialogues, that will be up to the president and secretary of state."

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Postpone the duck and cover drills!

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2017-12-16 11:11 AM | Reply


... "It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now... we're still doing the forensics analysis," ...

Emphasis on the word, "yet," and the phrase, "right now."


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-16 12:32 PM | Reply

I am sure that attitude will change once Korea is capable of setting off an EMP blast high in the atmosphere over western US.

#3 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-12-16 01:21 PM | Reply

That will be a good time to buy tech stocks. We should thank North Korea for helping us innovate.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-12-16 01:30 PM | Reply

Care to explain that one sno?

#5 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-17 04:53 PM | Reply

Make sure you use small words "Sno".;P

#6 | Posted by Lohocla at 2017-12-17 05:23 PM | Reply

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