On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a direct warning to the North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un, telling the dictator to either back down from his threats or face the end of his regime and the destruction of his people.
“The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack. Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] poses a threat to global security and stability. The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” he said.
According to Fox News:
Mattis provided a powerful follow-up to Trump’s warning that Pyongyang would face “fire and fury” should it continue to test missiles, build nuclear warheads and threaten to attack the United States. Lest anyone think Trump was speaking without the counsel of his top military man, Mattis said Trump is well aware of the depth of the North Korean threat.
“President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces,” Mattis continued.
“While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth. The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”
Kim, Fox said, is believed to have some 60 nuclear weapons and is reportedly able to launch those weapons with ICBMs that could reach Alaska.
In late July, the regime sent a missile 2,300 miles into space and 45 minutes into the air in what officials told Fox was the longest and farthest ballistic missile test in the nation’s history.
As a result, the United Nations passed punishing sanctions against the regime which, Fox added, “only served to increase Pyongyang’s hostility toward the world, and in particular, the U.S.”
News that North Korea has the ability to launch nuclear weapons prompted President Trump to issue a stern warning.
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” he told reporters. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
Trump followed that up with a tweet letting North Korea know the U.S. is more than ready to fight a war if necessary.
“My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” he tweeted. “Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!”
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