"We stand ready to provide options if they are necessary", Mattis said.
"The president's been very clear, and secretary of state's been very clear that we are leading with diplomatic and economic efforts", Mattis said during an impromptu news conference in the Pentagon. Though he noted that the USA military stands ready "to provide options if they're necessary but this is purely diplomatically led with economic sanctions and buttressed by the military position that we're taking right now".
Trump could have pushed harder for diplomatic engagement, but that failed repeatedly.
"The U.S.is prepared to use the full range of our capabilities to defend ourselves and our allies", stated Haley. He spoke with his Japanese counterpart on Wednesday.
After his first meeting with Xi in April, Trump came out confident that China was on his side and would pressure Pyongyang to stop testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. "We will look at any country that chooses to do business with this outlaw regime", Haley said. Chinese Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao said that while China would implement relevant United Nations resolutions, "the USA should not use their domestic laws as excuses to levy sanctions against Chinese financial institutions".
Trump had dismissed the idea of North Korea having a working ICBM, vowing it "won't happen".
En route to a potentially fractious G20 summit in Germany, Trump was due to take part in a gathering of leaders from central Europe, Baltic states and the Balkans, an event convened by Poland and Croatia to boost regional trade and infrastructure. He was due to meet with Xi there. North Korea state media reported that Kim urged his scientists to send more Independence Day gifts to the Americans. "Even without a war, but because of the very intense situations, the US will increase its military presence [and] direct [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense].it's also not in the interest of China".
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said Wednesday that the missile was sacked from a mobile launcher from Panghyon Airport in northwest North Korea, which had not been used previously.
The missile launch dramatically raised the stakes in the long-running battle to contain the isolated country's nuclear weapons program, which it has pursued in defiance of Security Council sanctions.