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

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

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis threatened a "massive military response" to any attack on the United States or its allies after North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test to date.

In short, the hydrogen bomb is a completely different and altogether more frightening prospect and it would put North Korea into an exclusive club of only five other countries: the US, UK, China, France and Russian Federation.

Mattis was most likely referring to the USA military's roughly 28,000 troops located in South Korea and its massive presence in Japan and in the Pacific. And our commitment among the allies is ironclad: "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", Mattis told reporters at the White House.

Mattis' statement does not say the US would not strike first - it actually suggests America's military might, because it uses the word "threat" as opposed to action or attack.

Mr Mattis was speaking after Pyongyang announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb that could be loaded on to a long-range missile.

Media reports say that the test was the most powerful of the six, but there is no official measurement yet of the force of the hydrogen weapon.

"Today, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, despite universal opposition from the global community, conducted another nuclear test", China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"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 fact that North Korea forced through a nuclear test this time is absolutely unacceptable to our country", Abe said in a statement.

We will work with China.

The U.N. Security Council announced that it will have a meeting about the nuclear test tomorrow morning.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency warned on Sunday, "If the US imperialists awkwardly provoke the DPRK, they would not be able to escape from the greatest disaster". But the North Korean apparently thought that the president's threats were hallow.

Seismological data from the United States Geological Survey showed that an explosion caused a 6.3-magnitude tremor in the northeastern section of North Korea, close to its Punggey-ri nuclear test site.

Mr Mattis warned Kim Jong-un to remember that the world was united against him before delivering the clearest expression yet that America was capable of destroying the North Korean regime. The Kim regime asserted that it had the capability to fix the weapon onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.

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