Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

United States has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

United States has 'many' military options in Korea crisis: Mattis

September 20, 2017 (EIRNS)-During brief remarks at the Pentagon on September 18, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in response to a question, claimed that there are military options available against North Korea that would not result in mass casualties from North Korea artillery bombardment of Seoul, but he declined to elaborate.

The North has repeatedly defied the United Nations to conduct nuclear and missile tests, the latest being a mid-range missile fired over Japan on Friday, soon after the reclusive nation's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3.

US officials are considering plans to shoot down North Korean missiles, even if those missiles are not a direct threat to the USA or its allies.

The news network also reported the USA was looking at the potential for a covert cyberattack aimed at North Korea.

The drills come at a particularly tense time in the region.

"The bottom line is that in the missiles, were they to be a threat, whether it be the USA territory Guam, obviously Japan, Japan's territory, that would elicit a different response from us", he said.

The three parties agreed to maintain close cooperation against the North's saber-rattling and apply "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang, it added.

The drills are the second part of China-Russian naval exercises this year; the first part was staged in the Baltic in July.

Such tests were in violation of Security Council resolutions and showed that North Korea could now target the United States or Europe, he wrote. And one US defense official told CNN the potential for having to consider shooting down a North Korean missile remains very real.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the U.N. Security Council had run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and that the United States might have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

Abe also said diplomacy and dialogue would not work with North Korea and concerted pressure by the entire global community was essential to tackle the threats posed by the north and its leader, Kim Jong-un. "The president [should] start doing things like delivering biological and protection equipment to the Republic of Korea because they've [North Korea] got biological chemical weapons", he said. Last Monday, stringent sanctions drawn up by the USA were passed at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) without opposition.

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