U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said the turmoil in global markets will extract a penalty on growth but the financial system and economy was strong enough to withstand it without provoking a U.S. recession.

The economy and the markets are strong enough to absorb the losses, Paulson told the Wall Street Journal in an interview published on its Web site on Thursday.

Paulson also said the repricing of risk in markets should not surprise anyone and was inevitable, and that nothing should be done to guarantee market players against losses or restrain them from taking risks.