Mattis: If North Korea Threatens the U.S. or Our Allies, ‘Will Be Met with a Massive Military Response’
America's secretary of Defense, James Mattis, is warning North Korea it will be met with a "massive military response" if it threatens the United States, our territories, or our allies like South Korea and Japan.
Mattis even warned "we have many options" that will result in the "the total annihilation of a country; namely, North Korea."
He spoke to reporters after briefing the president Sunday on various military strategies for countering the North Korean threat.
Here are his comments in full:
"Well, good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. We had a small group national security meeting today with the president and the vice president about the latest provocation on the Korean peninsula. We have many military options, and the president wanted wanted to be briefed on each one of them. We made clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves and our allies, South Korea and Japan, from any attack. And our commitments among the allies are ironclad.
"Any threat to the United States 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 he’d of the United Nations Security Council unified voice. All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses and they remain unanimous in the commitment of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, because 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.
"Thank very much, ladies and gentlemen."