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It’s ‘Game On’ for War If North Korea Strikes Guam, Mattis Warns

  • Defense chief says U.S. would know of a launch within moments
  • ‘I need a certain amount of ambiguity,’ Mattis says of plans
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Stephen Noerper, a Columbia University professor, discusses the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. He speaks with Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu, Joe Weisenthal and Julie Hyman on 'What'd You Miss?' (Source: Bloomberg)

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned it would be “game on” for war if North Korea fired missiles that hit the U.S. or its territories, including the Pacific island of Guam.

“It could escalate into war very quickly -- yes, that’s called war,” Mattis told reporters Monday at the Pentagon. “If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they hit the United States -- if they do that, then it’s ‘game on’.” Asked if he considers Guam part of the U.S., he said, “Yeah, it sure is.”