Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says that a military solution to the confrontation with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program “would be tragic, on an incredible scale.”
Mattis says that the North showed off its latest rocket test, it was looking at, warns the international community. But he stressed the need for a peaceful solution by working through the U. N. and countries such as China.
Mattis told reporters on Friday that North Korea “probably learned a lot” from last weekend to start. He said the rocket went very high and came down, but he would not characterize, as it is the Demonstration of controlled re-entry of a rocket.
Management of a long-range missile at a target on the return to earth is a major technological hurdle North Korea of a missile that threatens the United States must overcome in the perfection.