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Mattis Says U.S., North Korea Not Near War After ICBM Test

  • Trump says he’s weighing ‘pretty severe things’ after launch
  • UN Security Council at stalemate after emergency hearing
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Trump Considering 'Severe Things' on North Korea

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North Korea’s launch of a missile capable of reaching the U.S. doesn’t necessarily bring the two nations closer to war, Defense Secretary James Mattis said, even as President Donald Trump announced that he’s weighing some "pretty severe things" in response.

“I don’t believe this capability in itself brings us closer to war,” Mattis told reporters Thursday at the Pentagon. He said he wasn’t surprised by the July 4 launch and added that U.S. “self-restraint” prevented open conflict between the countries. “Diplomacy has not failed.”