US Considers Shooting Down North Korea Missiles

Cheryl Sanders
September 24, 2017

He also said, without elaborating, that the Trump administration had military options against North Korea that would not put Seoul at risk.

In a show of force, the USA military flew stealth fighter jets and advanced bombers over the Korean peninsula yesterday, in the wake of North Korea's latest missile launch over Japan.

Mattis hinted on Monday that the USA military has options to retaliate against North Korea that wouldn't put South Korea's capital Seoul at risk, but said "he will not go into details".

Japan and US missile defenses and radars are operating, he added, and North Korea is intentionally initiating provocations "that seem to press against the envelope for just how far can they push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable".


"I will not go into details", he said. "None of us want war", she added. "Are we talking kinetic options as well?" a reporter asked in a follow-up.

Mattis also confirmed that the United States and Seoul had discussed the option of sending limited-size "tactical" nuclear weapons to South Korea.

On September 3, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test that was by far its most powerful to date.

The demonstration on Sunday involved aerial assets from the U.S. Air Force (USAF), U.S. Marine Corps, Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), and Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF).


Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by telephone about keeping pressure on North Korea using economic sanctions imposed through the United Nations, the White House has said.

It was the country's longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

The bottom line, he said, is that if the missiles were a threat to Guam or Japan, "that would elicit a different response from us".

Defense Secretary James Mattis said North Korea is "intentionally doing provocations that seem to press against the envelope for just how far can they push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable".


"The bottom line is that in the missiles, were they to be a threat, whether it be the United States territory Guam, obviously Japan, Japan's territory, that would elicit a different response from us", he said.

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