James Mattis: US Is Not Out of Diplomatic Options on North Korea


James Mattis: US Is Not Out of Diplomatic Options on North Korea

Now is the time for the global community to ramp up pressure on North Korea, Japan's top diplomat said during the 40-minute phone conversation.

The Pentagon chief declined to confirm reports that North Korea could be preparing a new nuclear test, which would be widely seen as another provocative and risky move by the Pyongyang regime.

The US must make it clear that it will deploy a decisively destructive nuclear option to strike North Korea - one capable of effectively destroying the country.

"We see China as being the key in this", she told reporters, echoing calls from Donald Trump who has been trying to persuade Chinese president Xi Jinping to help thwart Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the launch was a "curtain-raiser of its resolute countermeasures" against the U.S. Furthermore, the jets can take off nearly vertically and land on a dime, making them ideal for quick surprise strikes.

It made a specific reference to US forces being based in Hokkaido-the island that the North's missile flew over.

The F-35Bs flying alongside US Air Force B-1B Lancers. O'Shaughnessy, commander of the U.S. Pacific Air Forces, said in a statement.

"If the British government genuinely wants to protects its business and investment interests in the region, it should speak and act cautiously. rather than pointing fingers and making irrelevant remarks", added the article which was headlined, "Beijing does not need London to teach it how to deal with North Korea".

Weapons dropped from the F-35Bs practicing attack capabilities.

It is equally easy for the hopeful and the well-intentioned - and nations on the margin of events, such as China - to call for negotiations or believe that some form of dialogue will lead to conflict resolution and change North Korean behavior.

Russian Federation has said that United States military activity in the region is partly to blame for the increase in tensions, and has urged restraint and called for negotiations.

Munitions from a mission involving the US Air Force, US Marine Corps, and South Korean air force explode at the Pilsung range, in South Korea.

United States heavy bombers and stealth jet fighters took part in a joint live-fire drill in South Korea on Thursday, intended as a show of force against the North after its latest missile launch.

"The North's intention was to push the boundaries of its military presence farther from the Korean Peninsula and Japan and into the wider Pacific, and they practically drew the line at Guam with their missile threat", he said.

North Korea has repeatedly conducted missile launches in recent months, despite being barred from doing so under United Nations rules.



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