Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details

Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details

Cheryl Sanders
September 22, 2017

Mr Rudd said the solution lies with China, the United States, North Korea and South Korea alone.

The news network also reported the us was looking at the potential for a covert cyberattack aimed at North Korea.

Meeting with reporters at an event at the Chinese embassy in Washington to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the People's Republic of China's foundation, Ambassador Cui Tiankai responded to calls in South Korea and Japan for the deployment of tactical nuclear weapons or independent nuclear armament following North Korea's ballistic missile test launch on September 15.

"The worldwide community must remain united and enforce sanctions against North Korea after its repeated launch of ballistic missiles", Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an editorial published in the New York Times on Sunday.

China accounts for about 90 percent of North Korea's trade.

Four F-35B stealth fighters and two B-1B bombers staged "mock bombing drills" over the peninsula on Monday morning, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said, citing an unidentified Seoul government source.

Trump signaled ahead of the meeting that new sanctions would be announced against North Korea.

The US and South Korea are technically still at war with North Korea because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

A risky rocket fuel dubbed "Devil's Venom" has been the key to the success of North Korea's ballistic missile program - and it may be too late to stop the rogue nation from producing it itself.

"As the Prime Minister said during her recent visit to Japan, the United Kingdom stands shoulder to shoulder with them in the face of North Korean aggression".

Trump has also threatened "fire and fury" in response to North Korea's threats.

The South Korean government on Thursday announced it will proceed with the plan to send $8 million in humanitarian aid via United Nations agencies amid the global community's efforts to maximize economic pressure on North Korea.

"We maintain our position of aiming to solve the abduction, nuclear and missile issues comprehensively", said a senior official of the Foreign Ministry.

The Guardian: Latest North Korea missile test ends South's talk of engagement - "For some diplomats there is a fear that mounting sanctions are not deterring Kim, and are only incentivising him to speed up his programme".

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over the northern Hokkaido island in Japan on 14 September.

"If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behavior, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed", Haley told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday.

Of course, for political elites in the Abe administration in Japan, they will rightly point out that Saddam Hussein - just like Kim Jong-un of North Korea - never found it hard to build up the armed forces.

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