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North Korea’s state broadcast KCTV has aired footage of Kim Jong-un’s latest missile test. The clip shows a high-powered missile launch from a deserted wasteland as Kim looks on.
The US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that a war with North Korea would be “catastrophic”. "A conflict in North Korea would be probably the worst kind of fighting in most people's lifetimes,” he told CBS News. Mr Mattis said that North Korea is a “direct threat to the United States” and poses a huge risk to neighbouring countries such as Japan, China and Russia. "But the bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we're not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means," he added. Speaking about Kim Jong-un’s rogue weapons programme, he said that the the Trump administration is assuming that “with a testing program they get better with each test”. "They have been very clear in their rhetoric we don't have to wait until they have an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon on it to say that now it's manifested completely," he added.