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Mattis: Military solution to NKorea would be ‘tragic’

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says a military solution to the conflict with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program would be “a tragedy on an unbelievable scale.”

Mattis says the North of the latest missile-test showed that the not heed the warnings of the international community. But he stressed the need for a peaceful solution through the U. N. and countries, including China.

Mattis told reporters Friday that North Korea “probably learned a lot from last weekend’s launch. He said that the rocket went very high and came down, but he would not characterize it as the evidence of the controlled re-entry of a rocket.

The management of a long-range rocket to a goal of returning to the Earth is one of the most important technological hurdle to overcome North Korea must overcome in perfecting a missile that poses a threat to the United States.

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