Kim Jong Un’s recent missile launches have not gone unnoticed by the US and Secretary Mattis. His recent statement to update the American people came on the heels of briefing the President of all options available to the armed forces should a conflict arise. Mattis had this to say about the meeting:
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 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.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.But, as I said, we have many options to do so. Thank you very much.
At about 11:30 p.m. EDT on September 2nd, an explosion with a magnitude of 6.3 was observed by the U.S. Geological Survey‘s Earthquake Hazards Program. The explosion, which took place almost 15 miles east-northeast of Sungjibaegam, North Korea, prompted this reply from Mattis and a clear indication that North Korea has no intentions of slowing down it’s planned collision course with the United States. This was the sixth nuclear test in North Korea since 2006. This last show of force has been touted as a Hydrogen or thermonuclear bomb. With those capabilities added to their arsenal, it’s obvious that North Korea is playing a dangerous game that could provoke putting millions of people at risk. We’ll keep you updated on new developments as they happen.
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