Published: Wed, September 06, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Mattis on North Korea: 'We Have Many Military Options'

Mattis on North Korea: 'We Have Many Military Options'

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Sunday said Washington's military response would be "massive" if North Korea threatened the United States, Guam or its allies.

President Trump called a national security team meeting to discuss the detonation, the White House said.

President Trump has been tweeting about North Korea several times today, and has been criticized and mocked by intelligence and policy experts for his comments. "We made clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea and Japan, from any attack".

Mr Trump has signalled repeatedly that he is ready to use force to stop North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons that could reach the continental US.

The official Korean Central News Agency claimed on Sunday claimed that North Korea has developed a hydrogen bomb which can be loaded into the country's new intercontinental ballistic missile.

The RAND Corporation's Bruce Bennett told NK News that there remained a possibility that the US might pursue some kind of military action against North Korea.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned Sunday's nuclear test.

"North Korea might tell the United States to not send conventional forces to South Korea, threatening to detonate nuclear weapons on USA cities if the U.S. does send those forces", Bennett said.

The communist regime's state-run media hailed the nation's sixth nuclear test as a "perfect success". And they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

We will work with China.

Trump's threat to halt all economic ties with any country that does business with North Korea amounts to his biggest trade salvo to date and would be almost impossible to pull off without having enormous implications for the US economy.

German chancellor Angela Merkel also joined in the condemnation when her office issued a statement which read thus; "The chancellor and the president are in agreement that North Korea has trampled on worldwide law and that the global community must therefore react with determination against this new escalation".

In 2016, US companies exported $169.3 billion in goods to China and China exported $478.9 billion in goods to the United States.

An H-bomb, also known as a thermonuclear device, would be immeasurably more destructive.

His words echo those of President Trump, who took to Twitter following Pyongyang's announcement to state that appeasement would not work with North Korea.

"This is a shocking, dangerous, provocative, illegal regime that is threatening the peace and security of the region and the world and is advancing nobody's interests other than the maintenance of that one family's dictatorship of North Korea".

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