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Defense Secretary Mattis: We’re Not Looking For the ‘Total Annihilation’ of North Korea

In the wake of reports that North Korea has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb and now has the capability to deliver the bomb via a long-range missile, Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivered a short but terse statement at the White House this afternoon.

After President Donald Trump tweeted out that he’d be meeting with his military leaders and told reporters “we’ll see” when asked if he was planning on attacking North Korea, Mattis said military options are definitely on the table.

“Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam or our allies, will be met with a massive military response,” the defense secretary stated.

Noting that the United Nations Security Council had unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses and that it’s united in its desire to see the Korean peninsula denuclearized, Mattis then said that the United States wasn’t looking to destroy North Korea. But it is a possibility.

“We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so,” he concluded.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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