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Thirty days from now we want to see everybody around a peace table based on a ceasefire, based on a pullback from the border and then based on ceasing dropping of bombs that will permit the( UN) special envoy, Martin Griffiths -- he's very good, he knows what he's doing -- to get them together in Sweden and end this war.
We've got to move toward a peace effort here, and you can't say we're going to do it sometime in the future. We need to be doing this in the next 30 days. We've admired this problem for long enough down there, and I believe that Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are ready, and in fact had the Houthis not walked out of the last effort that Martin Griffiths had going, we'd probably be on our way there right now.
This decision was taken to create space for our diplomats to negotiate strongly and increasing the prospects for a peaceful solution on the peninsula, at the same time, we maintain a strong collaborative defensive stance to ensure our diplomats continue to negotiate from a position of unquestioned strength.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke to reporters Friday morning hours before the release of the Nuclear Posture Review. What we're trying to do is ensure that our diplomats and our negotiators are in a position to be listened to when we say we want to go forward on nonproliferation and arms control. At the same time, you do so by having an effective, safe deterrent.
( AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) The news followedremarks from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday that the U.S. military would take out any North Korean missile spotted heading for American soil, including Guam. Jim Mattis said the U.S. would detect a missile of that nature heading towards Guam within moments. If North Korea fires at the U.S., North Korea could escalate into war very quickly.