Mattis: Any North Korea threats ‘will be met with massive military response’
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Sunday laid out a powerful threat to North Korea after its latest nuclear weapon test, saying the US wasn’t planning for the “total annihilation” of the rogue regime even though it has “many options to do so.”
“All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses and they remain unanimous in their commitment of a de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” he said. “Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country – namely North Korea – but as I said we have many options to do so.”
Mattis’ remarks come after President Trump met with his national security team at the White House.
“We have many military options and the president wanted to be briefed on each one of them. We made clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies – South Korea and Japan – from any attack, and our commitments among the allies are ironclad,” he said during an appearance with Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford.
He said threats from North Korean President Kim Jong-un would bring a “massive military response.”
“Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response – a response both effective and overwhelming. Kim Jong-un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice,” Mattis said.