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North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

Trump met this evening with his top diplomats at his private golf resort in New Jersey.

"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 unsafe path", the two secretaries wrote, naming another of North Korea's major global trade partners.

The former four-star general declined to provide any additional insight to a statement released Wednesday, warning that the North's continued provocations - including alleged plans for an attack against USA forces in Guam by Pyongyang - "would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people".

"I was not elected, the American people elected the president", he said. And he will regret it fast.

Mattis and Tillerson note in their op-ed that "North Korea now faces a choice".

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he doesn't believe there is "any imminent threat" from North Korea, including to the US territory of Guam.

HORSLEY: But Mattis went on to stress that diplomatic solutions must be exhausted first.

"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.

Trump also said that new sanctions on North Korea approved by the UN Security Council on August 5 that could slash by a third the country's US$3 billion (S$4 billion) annual export revenue probably "will not be as effective as a lot of people think it can be, unfortunately".

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America has "no interest" in regime change in Pyongyang or the accelerated reunification of the two Koreas, two top United States officials said in a message calibrated to cool last week's heated rhetoric.

"If China wishes to play a more active role in securing regional peace and stability - from which all of us, especially China, derive such great benefit - it must make the decision to exercise its decisive diplomatic and economic leverage over North Korea", the USA officials wrote.

"Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him", KCNA said, calling Trump's "fire and fury" comment "a load of nonsense".

US President Donald Trump is due to speak with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call Monday night in the US. That, I can tell you.

It remains to be seen whether Trump will pick up where he left off Friday and pile more verbal pressure on North Korea. If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date.

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He added that the US effort to counter the nuclear missile ambitions of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is being "diplomatically led".