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U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift spoke to the Nikkei Asian Review at the US Embassy in Tokyo on Wednesday. (Photo by Ken Moriyasu)
International relations

Kim Jong Un better heed warning, says US Navy commander

North Korea's use of nuclear weapons will trigger 'unilateral response'

KEN MORIYASU, Chief desk editor

TOKYO -- A top U.S. Navy commander on Wednesday warned Pyongyang not to underestimate America's readiness to take action in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's weekly provocations that seem to signal he was either self-destructive or that he did not believe the U.S. would retaliate with military force.

"If he thinks he knows that [the U.S. will not take action], he is not listening," U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview in Tokyo. "Secretary [of Defense, James] Mattis has made it clear, and the President [Donald Trump] has made it clear, all options are on the table."

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