Mattis: US Must Face 'Somber Reality' Of Military Option On North Korea

The USS Ronald Reagan departs from the Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture

The USS Ronald Reagan departs from the Yokosuka Naval Base in Kanagawa Prefecture

Threatening action or rhetoric can not help resolve the situation on the Korean peninsula, China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted about the existence of military options on North Korea.

Japan on Tuesday moved a mobile missile-defense system on the northern island of Hokkaido to a base near recent North Korean missile flyover routes.

CNN said now the USA was assessing whether Pyongyang's missile programme had progressed to the level of being such an inherent threat that the "Pentagon would recommend targeting a missile even if its trajectory did not indicate it would hit the United States or its allies".

The series of ballistic missile tests out of North Korea has drawn worldwide attention, with President Donald Trump offering some of the strongest and most controversial rhetoric. The escalating standoff between the United States and its allies and North Korea prompted U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to say that if the United States exhausts its diplomatic options to stop North Korea, military force remains an option.

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U.N. Security Council sanctions targeting North Korea's missile and nuclear tests are working, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said yesterday during an informal briefing with members of the press.

Since January, North Korea has tested five ballistic missiles and a nuclear weapon, and reporters asked Mattis why the United States doesn't shoot the missiles down.

Tom Plant, Director of the Proliferation and Nuclear Policy Program at London's Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), said that the country may still not possess the technology to support the critical reentry phase of a successful long-range missile strike. This test was also sending a message to Guam, a US territory.

The United States is working to strengthen its worldwide alliances and partnerships, the country's top defense official said, describing the effort as critical to US military strategy.

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Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said a Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor unit was deployed at the Hakodate base on southern Hokkaido "as a precaution" as part of government preparations for a possible emergency.

"No. 1, those missiles are not directly threatening any of us", he said.

And it has now been revealed the campaign of terror is partly thanks to China, who have been supplying North Korea with a key ingredient.

He mockingly referred to North Korean despot Kim Jong-un as a "rocket man on a suicide mission for himself and his regime".

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