Military action against North Korea not “First Choice” – Trump
It was only a few days back that the US President Donald Trump thundered that the threat from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if they continue to expand their nuclear and missile programme but has now retracted saying that the military action against the rogue nation was not the first choice.
Earlier, the United States said it would launch a ‘massive military response’ to any threats from North Korea as it suspected that it would target Guam with its ICBM since few thousands of Americans live there and it is also one of the military base for America. The announcement was made after North Korea claimed on Sunday it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb meant to be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile.
It was Pyongyang’s sixth, and the most powerful nuclear test which has been condemned by it’s neighbour South Korea which saw a New President very recently being elected to the post who has vowed to settle the tension and dispute with the neighbouring nation. The test was also condemned by Japan, US,UK and few other nations across the globe.
“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 is ironclad. 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,” Mattis told reporters at the White House.
Political experts feel that the scores can be settled only by way of talks and not otherwise which would further worsen the situation leading to deaths of millions of innocent lives on both the sides.