As tensions continue to approach fever pitch between the United States and North Korea, Secretary of Defense General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis offered a bone chilling statement that would make any sane person think twice before continuing to provoke the largest military on the planet.
“The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from 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 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.
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.
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 posses the most precise, rehearsed, and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on earth.
The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly over matched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”
— Amanda Macias (@amanda_m_macias) August 9, 2017
North Korea made headlines twice yesterday, once after news broke that the isolated nation is producing nuclear-ready missiles, and again when North Korea’s official state news claimed the country is preparing to attack the United States military installation on Guam.
President Donald Trump delivered an equally powerful statement yesterday, warning that should North Korea continue its hostile actions, the United States will respond with “fire, fury, and power” the likes of which the world has never seen.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 8, 2017
All of this comes only weeks after North Korea launched what was believed to be an ICBM into the Sea of Japan.
While President Trump has previously been skeptical of military action in foreign nations, he has always been very serious about the threat posted by North Korea. As far back as 1999, President Trump was recorded in an interview warning against their nuclear capabilities.
President Trump more recently said dealing with North Korea should be a problem for the Chinese, but appears to have given up this avenue after meeting with the Chinese president.
However, the president did recently celebrate on Twitter when the entire world, including China and Russia, agreed on new sanctions to further strangle the already isolated North Korean dictatorship.
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
The United Nations Security Council just voted 15-0 to sanction North Korea. China and Russia voted with us. Very big financial impact!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2017