Mattis: North Korea Threats To US, Allies "Will Be Met With Massive Military Response"

With the rest of the world once again seeking a peaceful solution to the escalating North Korean crisis, and having scheduled yet another United Nations Security Council emergency meeting for 10am on Monday to achieve some diplomatic breakthrough...

... US defence secretary Jim Mattis was somewhat less diplomatic moments ago when speaking to reporters in front of the White House, when he warned that "any threat to the US or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response" and said that while the US is "not looking to the total annihilation" of North Korea, it has "many options to do so."

Mattis also said that President Trump "wanted to be briefed on the many military options available to the US in response to the North Korean provocation", suggesting that Trump will likely end up picking one.

The full White House statement on the 6th North Korean nuclear test, as delivered by Mattis shortly after 3pm ET, is below:

"Any threat to the US 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 in 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. 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."

It wasn't only the US which condemned Kim's actions: earlier on Sunday China also strongly criticized the nuclear test, slamming Pyongyang for ignoring international condemnation of its atomic weapons programme. North Korea "has ignored the international community's widespread opposition, again carrying out a nuclear test. China's government expresses resolute opposition and strong condemnation toward this," the foreign ministry said in a statement on its website.

"We strongly urge the DPRK (North Korea) to face the strong will of denuclearisation from the international community, earnestly abide by the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council, stop taking mistaken actions which worsen the situation and are also not in line with its own interests, and effectively return to the track of solving the problem through dialogue," it added.

Of course, the paradox here is that Beijing is North Korea's main diplomatic ally and economic supporter and is seen as playing a crucial role in efforts to get Pyongyang to curb its weapons programme. The test came just hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping was scheduled to open a summit of BRICs nations in southern China.

According to AFP, North Korea's actions create a potentially embarrassing situation for Xi, who is preparing for a politically sensitive gathering of the ruling Communist Party in October, at which he aims to further consolidate his power.

The leader chose not to address the test during his more than 40-minute address to the assembled leaders of Russia, India, South Africa and Brazil. It was the second time this year that North Korea has timed a weapons test to coincide with a major international political gathering in China.

In May Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile as leaders from 29 nations gathered in Beijing for a summit touting China's new Silk Road project.

It is almost as if Kim Jong Un is begging for deadly retaliation not only from Washington, but Beijing as well. One of these days, he will surely get his wish.

Comments

ET (not verified) Sun, 09/03/2017 - 15:49 Permalink

What else is a Secretary of War supposed to say?I am more interested in what Secretary of State has to say on this matter.South Korea, Japan, China and Russia also have to be considered.

Escrava Isaura malek Sun, 09/03/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

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He also forgot these: North Koreans made a deal with Israel to terminate North Korean missile shipments to the Middle East, which is a great, serious threat to Israel and the world, and, in return, Israel would recognize North Korea. Now, the Clinton administration wouldn’t accept that. They pressured Israel, which has to do what they’re told, to withdraw from it. And North Korea responded by sending—by firing their first intermediate-range missiles. I won’t go on with the rest. It’s a very interesting story. There was actually an agreement in 2005 that North Korea would completely dismantle its nuclear weapons and missile systems, end them, finish, dismantle them, in return for a nonaggression pact from the United States, an end to threats, provision by the West—that means by the United States—of a light-water reactor, which can’t produce nuclear weapons but could produce—be used for peaceful purposes, research, medical, other purposes. That was basically the agreement, 2005. Didn’t last very long. The Bush administration instantly undermined it. It dismantled the consortium that was supposed to provide the reactor. https://www.democracynow.org/2017/4/26/chomsky_on_north_korea_iran_historical  

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Vatican_cameo BaBaBouy Sun, 09/03/2017 - 22:05 Permalink

 Vietnam was started over a False Flag.  Everyone knows that Saddam never had WMD's.  How much credibility can you lend to all this North Korea "Warmongering"?  We all know that the CIA runs the media (and everything else).  20 years from now after the MIC gets it's way and destroys a country, will the truth come to light?  I don't trust ANYTHING that comes out of this government, especially when it comes to starting an international conflict.  Personally, I think entire ordeal complete Bullshit.  Any excuse to "Light a fuse and get away".

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Peter41 AlaricBalth Sun, 09/03/2017 - 16:19 Permalink

I saw an article about a second, less powerful man made "earthquake" which the speculation went was some sort of cave in. This might be evidence of a relatively shallow tunnel being used for the detonation, followed by the collapse of the tunnel due to the explosion of the nuclaar device. Which, if this speculation has any merit, would indicate a near surface detonation, but with the collapse of the tunnel, some nuclear fallout would be released which could be detected above ground and downwind (China and the Kamchatka pensinsul of Russia, or at Vladivostok.

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Sugarcandy Mountain AlaricBalth Mon, 09/04/2017 - 00:20 Permalink

It's shows up on the USGS earthquakes page as a 6.3. There was a further indicator on their map last night of a 4.0+ magnitude tremor caused by a "collapse", but that's gone now.As an aside, there's been a huge swarm of 2.5+ quakes around Soda Springs, Idaho. I check this map on a daily basis and have never before seen such a swarm in that part of the country.If you're waiting for the DoD to tell the truth about anything then you're going to need to be a very patient person.

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Karaio Escrava Isaura Sun, 09/03/2017 - 16:34 Permalink

The US Government is insane.Who will pay for this insanity are US citizens and others around the world (I'm in Brazil and, very worried).I do not think the rest of the world has complacency for good citizens in the US.After all, it's your fault the government that has ...It will be more or less like the Germans after World War II ...A nation full of guilt forever ...Obs * Slave Isaura, :-)

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Escrava Isaura Karaio Sun, 09/03/2017 - 17:40 Permalink

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Karaio: The US Government is insane. It will be more or less like the Germans after World War II. A nation full of guilt forever. Insanity? Well, check this out: 72% of Americans believe in angels. 40% believe in intelligent design. About 83% of the Protestants  believe in Heaven. The black Protestants: 93%. Now, where’s the proof for those? On the other thread we touched Fascism. Here too, the simplistic view is interesting. What is Fascism? There are two types of Fascism: The German and Italian fascism trumped economics, meaning, they target employment, nationalism, and GDP growth such as in the autobahns, Volkswagen, military equipment, and so on. Now how did the Germans and Italians achieved that? Stealing resources and food from their territories, mainly Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Jews by force.    The main difference between today’s fascism is that the previous fascism cared about living standards, good wages, jobs for everyone, healthcare but, today’s fascism is the opposite. Try to raise the minimum wage in the US? And, before Obamacare, you had a healthcare tied up to employment, meaning, if you didn’t have a job you didn’t have health insurance. This in a nation that has over 100 million adults out of the workforce. And, you’re worried that the US government is insane. What did you expect?    

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serotonindumptruck ET (not verified) Sun, 09/03/2017 - 16:12 Permalink

"What else is a Secretary of War supposed to say?"If Mattis were to answer that question honestly, he would say something like:"Kim Jung Un called our bluff and is prepared to destroy large portions of South Korea, including most, if not all, of the the South Korean capital of Seoul in the event of any military attack upon North Korea. The United States has been checkmated, and has no viable military recourse. For this reason I am directing all regional forces to stand down and make every effort to de-escalate hostilities against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea."

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veritas semper… ET (not verified) Sun, 09/03/2017 - 17:06 Permalink

The criminal Pentagram representative has spoken. Hey,mad Dog,for how many killed civilians  are you responsible,only in Fallujah?You want to "improve "your track record"? I think that this time the Russians and the Chinese have something to say about.I will ask you the question once asked by a great man:Do you even realize what you have done? Or ,better,do you even realize what you have done,you criminal,POS,MoFo psychopaths?(this is my improved version).FOAD

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Harry Lightning veritas semper… Sun, 09/03/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

Stupid ass, can't you see he wouldn't be talking this way if he didn;t have the Russians and Chinese with him ?Its not 1950, the world has changed. Kim cannot be tolerated, he destroys everybody's opportunity to keep raking in billions of dollars. Moscow's oligarchs and Beijing's capitalists are not going to let this fat fuck destroy their wealth. Sorry, you picked the rwrong war to fantasize about America going down. That country will go down, but not because of the Chinese or the Russians. The Achilles Heel of America is half of its own people. They will destroy that country, and the Russians and Chinese won;t have to fire a shot to get tehir share of what's left.Open your eyes and see the real picture, instead of what you want to see. 

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khnum Sun, 09/03/2017 - 15:50 Permalink

Six times North Korea has crossed the red line but theres still no plan I think ive seen that in a Yosemite Sam,Bugs Bunny cartoon,my money is on the little fat Korean guy the West is led by imbeciles

east of eden Sun, 09/03/2017 - 15:56 Permalink

Hmm. Ambulances at the WH. Mattis (chicken hawk) steps in for Trump (where is he, has he been poisoned, assassinated, fingers fall off, head explode ?) and spouts off about total destruction. Yeah, total destruction of North America is more like it Mattis.

rejected SHADEWELL Sun, 09/03/2017 - 16:27 Permalink

Just out of curiosity, Who has attacked the poor peace loving US?Please don't respond with that 9/11 Horse Hockey,,, and even if you did,,, how do you explain those tricky Saudi's defeating the entire North American Defense System for several hours? Even the prestigious Pentagram was hit.  Not a bell ringer for "Attack the US at your peril" And then there's Building 7.........IMO,,, The only one that has attacked the US is the US. 

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Harry Lightning rejected Sun, 09/03/2017 - 17:51 Permalink

Let me come to your house and tell you that I am there to rape your wife and violate your daughter's sweet little ass, and let's see how you react. After all, who is attacking you at that moment. Do you have to wait for me to start bedding your wife ? Ripping your daughter's clothes off ? Or do you take my threat seriously and do whatever you possibly can to stop me before I even get onto the front lawn ?. Now you know why you're full of shit. You also know why Kim must be nuked.

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east of eden Harry Lightning Sun, 09/03/2017 - 18:24 Permalink

Oh Please. For over 70 years now, the only tripe that I have ever heard coming out of the mouths of the 'defeated' southern rats is that Mexicans, Japanese, Koreans, Blacks, Russians and Chinese are going to come and destroy you and rape your women (most of whom I would not even sit next to in a dark theatre).One thing that can categorically be said about a significant portion of the US popuation, is that they are paranoic to the extreme and like the very good liars they are, will always accuse the victim, of their own dirty deeds and intentions.

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east of eden SHADEWELL Sun, 09/03/2017 - 18:20 Permalink

You know what SHAGWELL, I don't write 'propoganda'. Perhaps you do. Who knows you might even be underground somewhere stoking the fires and waiting for the SHTF.And, for your information, I got that piece of data from a site called: Tom Luongo's -- Gold Goats 'n GunsSo don't blame me and get off your fucking high horse, you fuckwad. 

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