Pentagon chief accuses North Korea of threatening ‘catastrophe’;

US prepared to take military action if the North does not halt development of missiles that could strike entirety of the United States

SEOUL, Oct 27 (INP) US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea on Friday of building a nuclear arsenal to “threaten others with catastrophe” and said the Trump administration remains committed to compelling the North to accept complete nuclear disarmament.

Calling the North a threat to global order, Mr. Mattis stood inside the Demilitarized Zone that separates the two Koreas and pledged solidarity with the South.