Military solution for North Korea would be 'tragic': Mattis

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says any military attack on North Korea would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale” amid increasing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

North Korea has recently conducted several missile tests and says it would not abandon its missile and nuclear programs unless the US ends its hostility toward the country.

In April, President Donald Trump warned that he would act “unilaterally” against Pyongyang, saying there was a chance for a “major conflict with North Korea.”

Mattis told a Pentagon news conference Friday that “we are going to continue to work the issue.”

“If this goes to a military solution, it’s going to be tragic on an unbelievable scale. So our effort is to work with the UN, work with China, work with Japan, work with South Korea to try to find a way out of this situation.”

On Sunday, North Korea test-launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile that many experts believe could be its most advanced so…

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