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'Mad Dog' Mattis to Kim Jong-Un: We win, you lose

'Mad Dog' Mattis to Kim Jong-Un: We win, you lose

The Associated Press reported Friday that the Trump administration had been involved for months in back channel diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, vital if Trump's rhetoric is not to lead to a military clash.

An editorial by US -based North Korea monitoring Web site "38 North" says USA media deserves a share of blame for the recent escalation of tensions between the US and North Korea.

The president's public comments "undermine anyone in Pyongyang who's interested in seeing if there's something to be gained in a dialogue with the United States", he said.

According to two U.S. military sources which spoke to NBC, U.S. intelligence has identified at least two dozen targets in the DPRK, which they say consist of missile launch sites, testing grounds, storage facilities and support equipment.

"There are no mixed messages" on North Korea, the president told reporters from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

That impetus has only grown among administration officials amid reports this week that Pyongyang had built a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop one of the country's long-range missiles.

"North Korea responding with a threat to U.S. territory after Trump warned them not to threaten the United States was never going to go down well", Lawler writes.




Meanwhile, France is urging all sides "to act responsibly and to de-escalate" tensions over North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Mattis said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should "take heed" of the U.N. Security Council's statement that Pyongyang poses a global security threat.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang called on both sides to avoid "going down the old path of alternately showing strength and continuously escalating the situation".

The United States and South Korea remain technically still at war with North Korea after the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce, not a peace treaty.

B-1 bomber planes have carried out a series of 11 practice runs on the Korean peninsula near the DPRK's border, in coordination with South Korean and Japanese forces since the end of May.

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".

South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and his US counterpart H.R. McMaster spoke on the phone for 40 minutes early on Friday, a spokesman for the presidential Blue House in Seoul said.