Washington has warned North Korea that any threat to the US or its allies will be met with a “massive military response”.
Defence Secretary James Mattis made the statement following Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test:
“We made clear that we have the ability to defend ourselves, and our allies South Korea, and Japan from any attack. And our commitment among the allies are iron-clad.”
“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.”
Meanwhile US President Donald Trump has also warned that America may stop trading with any country that does business with the rogue state. The UN Security Council is to meet today (Monday Sept.4)
Trump’s trade threat may be a way to pressure China, Pyongyang’s top trading partner, into doing more to contain its neighbour.
But Matthew Goodman, a trade expert at Washington’s Center for International and Strategic Studies, said Trump’s suggestion was not viable because it would mean the United States would cut off trade with countries such as France, India, and Mexico, along with China.
North Korea on Sunday (Sept.3) conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test, which it said was of an advanced hydrogen bomb for a long-range missile.
The test has drawn international condemnation.