US high­lights North Korea ris­ing threat

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD

THE threat of a nu­clear at­tack by North Korea is ris­ing, the US said yes­ter­day. But De­fence Sec­re­tary James Mat­tis warned it would face a “mas­sive military re­sponse”.

Speak­ing on a visit to South Korea, he said: “North Korea has ac­cel­er­ated the threat that it poses to its neigh­bours and the world through its il­le­gal and un­nec­es­sary mis­sile and nu­clear weapons pro­grammes.”

North Korea en­gaged in “out­law” be­hav­iour and US-South Korean se­cu­rity col­lab­o­ra­tion had taken on “new ur­gency”, he added.

Mr Mat­tis, in Seoul for de­fence talks, said Wash­ing­ton could not ac­cept a nu­clear North Korea.

Last month, leader Kim Jong-un car­ried out his sixth test, the big­gest yet.

WARN­ING James Mat­tis

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