In response to North Korea’s nuclear testing on Sunday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a concise statement to address the aggressive posturing of the North Korean government.
Mattis states that “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.”
The statement was issued during a meeting with White House officials to discuss all available options to deal with the lurking North Korean threat.
However, other items to consider are the possibilities of putting the lives of millions of civilians in South Korea at risk if the U.S. were to push forward with a “massive military response.”
According to retired general and military analyst Mark Hertling; “We always have military options, but they’re very ugly.” According to experts, an attack on the South Korean capital of Seoul, home to over 25 million people who are currently at risk to massive amount of North Korean conventional artillery weapons within range of the capital. Tens of thousands could be killed in quick retaliation, should the US strike.
Additionally, during the press conference Mattis stated that “Kim Jong-un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice” and further added “All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses and remain unanimous in their commitment to the de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Not long after Mattis issued his statement at the press conference, President Trump took to twitter to address the option of halting all trade with countries on business terms with North Korea:
While the US does not seek the “total annihilation” of North Korea, Mattis concluded his statement by adding that there are “many options to do so.”