USA defense chief: 'Americans will do the right thing' in Pacific

USA defense chief: 'Americans will do the right thing' in Pacific

USA defense chief: 'Americans will do the right thing' in Pacific

North Korea and its nuclear weapons programme pose a "threat to us all", US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday, calling on the global community to work together on the issue.

The resolution also condemned North Korea's nuclear and ballistic activities "in the strongest terms" and reaffirmed the Security Council's demand that Pyongyang abandon all nuclear weapons and programs and halt all nuclear and missile tests.

"China and other regional partners should also step up their efforts to help solve this security situation, which threatens not just that region, but really presents a threat to the entire world", Tillerson told reporters in Sydney after a meeting between the Australian and US foreign and defense ministers.

In his speech at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue forum, Gen. Mattis said: "We oppose countries militarising artificial islands and enforcing excessive maritime claims".

Meanwhile, glossing over disagreements, the defense chiefs from Japan and France welcomed United States leadership in the Asia-Pacific to manage the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and maintain regional peace.

He says conflict between the US and China is not inevitable even if there is competition between the nations.

Although the previous U.S. administration of Barack Obama insisted it was neutral territory, it spoke out strongly against the island-building and sought to build ties with, and among, the South East Asian nations whose claims overlap those of China.

For his part Mattis on Saturday pledged the USA would stay engaged on North Korea, calling Kim Jong Un regime's missile program "a clear and present danger".

He called North Korea an "urgent military threat".

"We want to stop this. That is our principle position", he said.

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North Korea Sunday rejected the latest sanctions resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council over the North's several ballistic missile tests, pledging to continue on with its nuclear development.

North Korea's "ultra precision and diversified Juche Rocket" will continue to thunder and skyrocket in full blast in numbers and in succession until the U.S. and other like-minded countries take their "right choices", it added.

Fomin spoke at the Shangri-La Dialogue, an worldwide security conference in Singapore attended by defense ministers and experts from 39 countries, including US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

The U.S. military this week successfully tested a defense system created to shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in midair.

It was the third missile test by the nuclear-armed regime in less than three weeks. The sanctions came in response to ongoing ballistic missile tests by Pyongyang.

Mattis made no mention of President Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate change agreement.

"Words must be followed by actions", Mattis said.

The issue arose briefly during questions from his audience, but Mattis did not address it directly.

"If it continues on this risky path, we will have no other choice but to reinforce the pressure, again and again", Delattre said.

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