Mattis Alerts North Korea: ‘Massive Military Response’ If They Continue To Threaten US

Henry Rodgers
Political Reporter

Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued issued a warning to North Korea on Sunday, saying the country would be hit with a “massive military response” if it continues to threaten the U.S.

Mattis mentioned any threats to the U.S. and their allies, including territories such as Guam, would cause the U.S. to respond with strong military action.

“Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response,” Mattis said outside of the White House after a meeting with President Donald Trump.

The defense secretary called out Kim in a statement to the press.

“Kim Jong Un should take heed 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. Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely, North Korea,” Mattis said.

The White House released a statement Sunday stating Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke on the phone about North Korea’s nuclear test. The two leaders “pledged to continue close cooperation.”

This comes as North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test Sunday, but Trump is not backing down.

“President Trump reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to defending our homeland, territories, and allies using the full range of diplomatic, conventional, and nuclear capabilities at our disposal,” the White House stated.

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