Defense Secretary James Mattis issued a statement while ago only hours after North Korea announce they had tested a d hydrogen bomb on Sunday afternoon.
Secretary Mattis warned North Korea that continued threats will be met by massive military force.
The Hill reports:
Defense Secretary James Mattis on Sunday issued a stark warning to North Korea, saying the country would be met with a “massive military response” if it threatened the U.S. or its allies.
“Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response,” Mattis said in a statement outside of the White House after meeting with President Trump.
“Kim Jong Un should take heed the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice. All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses. And they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely, North Korea,” he continued.
Mattis said the U.S. had “many military options” regarding the Korean peninsula, and that the president wanted to be briefed on all of them.
Mattis’s aggressive, holiday-weekend statement comes hours after North Korean state media announced the country had successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb capable of fitting on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The move is a show of defiance against Washington and the international community.
Transcript of video:
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
We had a small-group national security meeting today with the president and the vice-president about the latest provocation on the Korean peninsula.
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 iron-clad. 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, all members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses, and they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
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.
Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.
H/T Gateway Pundit
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