Mattis: Diplomacy Still Leads in Efforts to Denuclearize N. Korea

Sep 23, 2017, 01:16
Mattis: Diplomacy Still Leads in Efforts to Denuclearize N. Korea

Now, not only Mattis, but also the USA secretary of state, White House national security adviser and United Nations ambassador are warning that Washington is not far away from picking a military option.

"Ambassador Haley is correct", Mattis said.

"We will defend ourselves, our interests [and] our allies", he said, "and we work together very transparently and openly with our allies".

Haley had said the U.N. Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, and that Washington may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

When pressed on whether those military options included "kinetic" options that use lethal force, Mattis said: "Yes, I don't want to go into that". He declined to elaborate what those options may be.

Separately, Mattis told reporters that he believed diplomacy and sanctions were so far succeeding in putting more pressure on Pyongyang.

The U.S. military said on Monday it had staged bombing drills with South Korea, flying a pair of B-1B bombers and F-35 fighter jets over the Korean peninsula, in a show of force against North Korea. On Saturday, it said it aimed to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the United States.

North Korea v US explosive latest pictures Wed, August 30, 2017 Images depict how tensions have escalated between North Korea and the United States. Japan is seen by Pyongyang as a potential logistics hub in the event of any contingency on the Korean Peninsula and would likely be a target in such a case.

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"Those missiles are not directly threatening any of us", the secretary said.

Pinkston said it was natural for the allies to plan and talk about "contingencies that require military responses".

The report did not directly link the drills to current tensions over North Korea. I think that is a fantasy.

North Korea has made blistering progress in its nuclear and missile programs under the rule of leader Kim Jong Un, as it seeks to master the technology needed to reliably target the United States with a nuclear-tipped long-range missile. Pyongyang has launched dozens of missiles as it accelerates a weapons programme created to provide the ability to target the United States with a powerful, nuclear-tipped missile.

North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan in the past month, both of which landed in the Pacific Ocean beyond the northern island of Hokkaido.

The United States, Japan, and South Korea have been holding joint military operations, which included a September 17 operation where military aircraft from all three nations flew over the Korean Peninsula in what U.S. Pacific Command referred to as a "sequenced show of force".

North Korea launched a missile over Japan last Friday, its second in the past three weeks, and conducted its sixth and by far most powerful nuclear test on September 3, in defiance of worldwide pressure.

US President Donald Trump in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in NY, U.S., September 18, 2017.

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