In a very straightforward manner, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter has warned North Korea of an “overwhelming” US military response if Kim Jong-un ever attacked US or its allies.
“Make no mistake: any attack on America or our allies will not only be defeated, but any use of nuclear weapons will be met with an overwhelming and effective response,” the Pentagon chief said at the start of talks between US and South Korean defence officials at Pentagon.
Also present at the meeting was Secretary of State John Kerry and South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se.
The meeting in which South Korean defence minister Han Min-goo is participating comes in the wake of DPRK’s recent missile test which failed and its most powerful nuclear test to date.
Carter said that by attempting to test a missile North Korea automatically violated several UN Security resolutions.
Min-goo said that Seoul and Washington will consider “permanently deploying US strategic assets on a rotational basis” on South Korean soil.
“The United States and South Korea will enhance cooperation on both the maritime and cyber security”, Carter added.
US is already trying to push forward with its plan of installing the THAAD missile defence system in South Korea despite a strong opposition by China and Russia.
Yun said that the threat posed by North Korea is “more grave than ever” and that the North is “nearing the final stage of nuclear weaponisation.”
North Korea conducted two nuclear tests this year besides 23 missile tests.
While US, South Korea and Japan want the international community to impose more sanctions on North Korea, a state-run North Korean daily recently said that the nuclear build-up programme will only be strengthened.