|US SecDef Jim Mattis|
SEOUL, June 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is the most urgent threat to peace and security in the world, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was quoted as saying in Washington on Monday (local time), citing the fast pace of development of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
The Pentagon chief also told a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee that North Korea's weapons of mass destruction programs are a "clear and present danger to all," according to multiple news reports.
His remarks come as North Korea has threatened to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the mainland United States.
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