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North Korea threat: Mattis says the war with the isolated nation would be “catastrophic”

Minister of defense James Mattis offered a dark vision of what would look like a war with North Korea, hours before the rogue regime a further ballistic rocket was launched.

Mattis said in a television interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that a conflict with North Korea would be “probably the worst kind of fighting in the most people.”

“The bottom line is, it would be a catastrophic war, if this turns into a fight, if we said not able to solve the Problem through diplomatic means,” he said.

Later Sunday, North Korea tested a short-range Scud ballistic missile off the East coast, the U.S. military said. The statement said the rocket flew for six minutes, until it landed in the sea of Japan.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the missile flew about 280 miles.

The Japanese chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said to be what North Korea seemed to be niche in the ballistic missile and the exclusive maritime economic zone fell in Japan.

“We can said tolerate, re-actions, which have raised by North Korea, and we brought a strong protest against North Korea, to criticize them in the strongest form,” Suga.

There was no immediate comment from North Korea’s state-controlled media. But the launch was followed by a report from the North-East, said leader Kim Jong-Un had observed a successful test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system. It was not clear from the report when the test is done.

North Korea is still several years away from your target, the location, the opponent in the United States (the mainland cities with a nuclear Intercontinental ballistic missile, but each new test brings it closer to success. The North has a strong arsenal of short – and medium-range missiles, the enemies of Japan and South Korea and US forces in the region, and it is to perfect its long-range missiles.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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