September 13, 2017
President Trump responds to North Korea’s latest threats of war, saying the regime in Pyongyang will face consequences even tougher than the recent round of sanctions.
The president made the comments while meeting with the prime minister of Malaysia Tuesday, who was commended for not doing business with Pyongyang.
Despite a unanimous vote, the recent U.N. resolution does not impose the tough measures sought by the Trump administration.
In addition to an oil embargo, the White House is also seeking to cut North Korea’s ties to Chinese banks, which is one of its main sources of financing.
Meanwhile, Defense Secretary James Mattis is scheduled to visit two nuclear-focused military bases this week after North Korea tested its most powerful nuclear device to date.
On Wednesday, Secretary Mattis will visit Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, the only U.S. base to host all components necessary for a full-scale nuclear response.
Then on Thursday, Mattis will travel to Omaha, Nebraska to meet with the U.S. Strategic Command and discuss response options to the North Korean menace.
U.S. deterrent options include strategic bombers and intercontinental-ballistic missiles as well as other solutions like nuclear, space, cyberspace, and global strikes.