Mattis said the North Korean leader "should take heed of the United Nations Security Council's unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability".
In a diplomatic win for the USA, the measures were approved unanimously - including by Russian Federation and China, the North's sole major ally, according to AFP.
'The tragedy of war is well-enough known it doesn't need another characterization beyond the fact that it would be catastrophic'. Japan said Thursday it could shoot down missiles for its USA ally if North Korea fires them at Guam. But the fact that the United States and North Korea are still talking while mutually threatening each other with missile fire shows that the public drama doesn't translate to private anger or calls to action.
Pyongyang has been louder in its complaints against a new and tough round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, with strong USA backing, and Washington's use of Guam as a staging ground for its stealth bombers, which could be used to attack North Korea and are a particularly sore point with the ruling regime in Pyongyang. "He's fourth in line to the presidency", Nauert said.
"It's a good sign" that communication still takes place, he said.
"The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with the U.S.in tackling this threat and many others". "I don't want to, but if we have to, we'll go to war".
The issue came to the fore again this week when USA intelligence analysts assessed that North Korea had produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead, according to multiple sources, which would bring the country a significant step closer to being able to fire a nuclear-tipped warhead at the US or its allies.
"In theory it can show the administration understands that in order to accomplish things it not only needs to adopt maximum pressure, but also have some discussion with the North Korea", Wit said.
The U.N.in the past has had an envoy for North Korea, but Dujarric says "every situation is different and it's important not to make empty gestures".
Gorka told the BBC that, "it is the job of Secretary Mattis, the Secretary of Defense, to talk about the military options, and he has done so unequivocally today", Gorka continued.