Defense Secretary, Schwarzenegger say United States ready to respond

Posted August 13, 2017

"The best way to show how (the threat) is widely gauged, is to look at last weekend when the UN Security Council voted unanimously to characterize this as a North Korean threat to the world's community", he said. "However, right now, Secretary [of State Rex] Tillerson, Ambassador [to the U.N. Nikki] Haley, you can see the American effort is diplomatically led, it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results".

The DPRK recently announced that it was making plans to launch a missile into waters miles from the US occupied territory of Guam, which is where the U.S.'s B-1 bombers are stationed. But when asked how he would gauge the threat from North Korea, the Secretary said it is "a threat to world peace and global order" and that the human toll from such an attack would be "catastrophic".

Pyongyang has been louder in its complaints against a new and tough round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, with strong USA backing, and Washington's use of Guam as a staging ground for its stealth bombers, which could be used to attack North Korea and are a particularly sore point with the ruling regime in Pyongyang.

"The prime minister says he discussed the threat with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence overnight". In fact, "If we have to, we'll go to war", Graham said. "The Secretary General welcomes all initiatives that will help deescalate tensions and welcomes a return to diplomacy".

In a lengthy exchange with reporters at his Bedminster golf resort, he said past administrations had not done enough to take on North Korea and that it was time a president "stuck up for the country".

The U.N.in the past has had an envoy for North Korea, but Dujarric says "every situation is different and it's important not to make empty gestures". He does something in Guam, it will be an event the likes of which nobody's seen before, what will happen in North Korea, ' Trump told reporters in New Jersey, without offering specifics.

North Korea has unleashed personal attacks on past Washington and Seoul leaders.

"He would lash out militarily, at a minimum against South Korea", Admiral Stavridis said to NBC.

Gorka told the BBC that, "it is the job of Secretary Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally today", Gorka continued.