US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands at the Pentagon in Washington. The US has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan’s direction, but a future missile launch that threatens US or Japanese territory will “elicit a different response from us,” Mattis said. Photo: AP US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands at the Pentagon in Washington. The US has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan’s direction, but a future missile launch that threatens US or Japanese territory will “elicit a different response from us,” Mattis said. Photo: AP
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands at the Pentagon in Washington. The US has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan’s direction, but a future missile launch that threatens US or Japanese territory will “elicit a different response from us,” Mattis said. Photo: AP

US defence chief sees no need to shoot down North Korea’s missiles, for now

Topic |   North Korea nuclear crisis
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands at the Pentagon in Washington. The US has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan’s direction, but a future missile launch that threatens US or Japanese territory will “elicit a different response from us,” Mattis said. Photo: AP US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands at the Pentagon in Washington. The US has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan’s direction, but a future missile launch that threatens US or Japanese territory will “elicit a different response from us,” Mattis said. Photo: AP
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis stands at the Pentagon in Washington. The US has seen no need to shoot down North Korean missiles test-fired in Japan’s direction, but a future missile launch that threatens US or Japanese territory will “elicit a different response from us,” Mattis said. Photo: AP
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