Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday told North Korea it must stop any action that would “lead to the end of its regime” and “stand down” in its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
These are some of strongest comments Mattis has made on North Korea. In the past he has said that the United States can respond to North Korea, but any military solution would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.”
“The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Mattis said in a statement. DPRK is short for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” Mattis said.