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North Korea's ballistic missiles not a 'capable threat' to US: James Mattis

Mattis' comments came weeks after North Korea tested what it said was a new kind of ICBM capable of reaching the entire US mainland

ANI  |  Washington DC (US) 

ILE - This Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, shows what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile, at an undisclosed location in North Ko
This Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, file image provided by the North Korean government on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, shows what the North Korean government calls the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile. Photo: Reuters

United States Defence Secretary has stated that North Korea's newest intercontinental (ICBM) is not a "capable threat" to the United States.

North Korea's November ICBM "has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now. We are still examining the forensics, we're still doing the forensics analysis," CNN quoted Mattis as saying during an off-camera briefing with reporters at the on Friday.

Mattis' comments came weeks after tested what it said was a new kind of ICBM capable of reaching the entire US mainland. At that time, he had said that the missile flew higher than any previous test by the secluded country.

However, his assessment on Friday was in sync with technical analysts who opined that North Korea's November launch did not actually demonstrate an ability to hit the US.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State told the that must cease all threatening behaviour before talks with the US can begin.

"As I said earlier this week, a sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behaviour must occur before talks can begin," Tillerson told the UN meeting, convened to discuss Pyongyang's denuclearisation, adding "must earn its way back to the table."

has taken its weapons tests in recent months a notch higher.

In September, North Korea tested what it said was a hydrogen bomb.   

First Published: Sat, December 16 2017. 16:32 IST
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