North Korea: US diplomacy is gaining results, says Mattis

| Updated Aug 11, 2017 at 4:00pm



US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said America still hopes to solve the North Korea crisis using diplomacy.

After days of fiery rhetoric from the US and North Korea, Mr Mattis said war would be "catastrophic" and that diplomacy was gaining results.

On Friday, North Korea's official KCNA news agency said President Donald Trump was "driving" the Korean peninsula to the "brink of a nuclear war".

Pyongyang is finalising a plan to fire missiles near the US territory of Guam.

The KCNA report comes after Mr Trump said that North Korea should be "very, very nervous" if it acted against the US.

He said the regime would be in trouble "like few nations have ever been" if they do not "get their act together".

The KCNA report accuses Washington of a "criminal attempt to impose nuclear disaster upon the Korean nation" and making "desperate efforts" to test weapons in the Korean peninsula.

The US is "the mastermind of nuclear threat, the heinous nuclear war fanatic", the report said.

Tensions have escalated in recent weeks, after North Korea tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

It was further angered by a UN decision to increase economic sanctions against it.