April 26, 2018

Mattis: North Korea Sanctions Are Working

23 September 2017, 01:15 | Simon Arnold

Former UN chief warns of military eventualities in NK

Korean People's Army soldiers march to their positions prior to a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang

North Korea has said it needs the capability to strike the usa with a nuclear weapon to deter an American invasion.

"I will always put America first, just like you, as the leaders of your countries will always, and should always, put your countries first", Trump said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has openly warned the USA against doing just that, and has worked to use diplomacy and deterrence to counter Kim.

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.

Business Insider asked Mattis if he had any military options on North Korea that "would not put Seoul at grave risk", and Mattis responded in the affirmative.

"It is still a diplomatically led effort", he said, pointing to the UN Security Council's recent adoption of two sanctions resolutions against Pyongyang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump spoke by telephone about keeping pressure on North Korea using economic sanctions imposed through the United Nations, the White House has said. Long gas lines forming in North Korea.

So they aim for the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Mattis said, "where at least we hope no ships are around".

South Korea and the United States, and separately Russian Federation together with China, started military drills on Monday, in a show of force against North Korea.

Song continued that the North was very much likely to conduct more missile tests in the future, and that the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where it conducted all six of its past nuclear experiments, was prepared to hold a seventh test at "any time". China in turn favours an global response to the problem. Because of constitutional restrictions, Japan can not shoot down missiles that fly through its airspace but do not directly target it, and has only been able to heat up rhetoric against North Korea.

"It was a long call, it was a very good call", Trump said during remarks at a dinner for Latin American leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY.

"We are putting the leader in North Korea in a position to be aware of - [with] the worldwide community voting unanimously twice now in the United Nations Security Council - ... the increasing diplomatic isolation that comes with the economic sanctions", Mattis said.

US President Donald Trump in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in NY, U.S., September 18, 2017.

"The increased moves of the USA and its vassal forces to impose sanctions and pressure... will only increase our pace towards the ultimate completion of the state nuclear force", the North's foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by its official KCNA news agency.

"And he will talk about, as well, the enablement of the North Korean regime and what that means too", the official said.

"That's an example of what is working", Mattis said.

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

Japan and USA missile defenses and radars are operating, he added, and North Korea is intentionally initiating provocations "that seem to press against the envelope for just how far can they push without going over some kind of a line in their minds that would make them vulnerable".

Washington has also asked China to do more to rein in its neighbour and ally, while Beijing has urged the United States to refrain from making threats against the North.

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