U.S WARNS NORTH KOREA: We’ll launch “massive military response” to any threats
A day after North Korea tested its sixth nuclear missile and reveled that it has developed a missile ready hydrogen bomb which has “great destructive power”, the US has warned that it will launch a “massive military response” to any threat from Pyongyang.
The warning was issued by Pentagon chief James Mattis hours after North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test – the most powerful blast to date.
“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 said on Sunday.
Mattis also added that; “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 remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
“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.”
His comments are coming after leaders around the world jointly condemned North Korea‘s testing of its sixth nuclear missile.
Leading the deluge of condemnation by world leaders was president Donald Trump of USA who branded the North “a rogue nation” whose “words and actions continue to be very hostile and dangerous” to the United States.
Trump’s remarks came on Sunday after Pyongyang’s announcement of a “perfect success” with its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.
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 international law and that the international community must therefore react with determination against this new escalation.”
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Sunday to “appropriately deal with” the latest nuclear test by North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said.
“The two leaders agreed to stick to the goal of denuclearisation on the Korean Peninsula and keep close communication and coordination to deal with the new situation,” Xinhua said in a brief dispatch.