Military considering plan to shoot down North Korean missiles

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This show of force - just half a month after North Korea reportedly fired the same model of Hwasong-12 ballistic missile - has rattled the US government.

The analysts say imposing real economic pain remains the best of the bad options to restrain North Korea from continuing to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.

But Mattis also echoed other senior administration officials who have underscored military options to deal with Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests.

As North Korea continues to test a series of intercontinental missiles and payloads, and as the USA continues to respond by unleashing "fire and fury", the Pentagon is said to be rethinking how to respond to such missile launches.

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.

"We could potentially miss or hit, we don't know for sure", he said, according to the Express.

It also has threatened to launch missiles close to the coast of Guam, a US island territory in the Pacific. Onodera has said a new security law passed in 2015 might allow it to shoot down a Guam-bound missile if it poses a critical security threat to Japan and its top ally, the United States. It would also weaken the worldwide commitment to maintain sanctions against Pyongyang and could spark a global nuclear buildup.

"We are dealing with the North Korea situation through the global process and we will continue to do so".

North Korea's repeated arms tests have resulted in two new United Nations sanctions packages in 2017 and the U.S. administration's belligerent tone has enormously elevated tension on the Korean peninsula over the previous year. He argued that the pressure is working, and gave as an example Mexico's decision to expel the North Korean ambassador in Mexico City.

Japan relocated four more PAC-3 units to prefectures in western Japan in August after North Korea threatened to fire missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam.

"If we just condemn and threaten, then we are likely to antagonize the countries that we want to influence".



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