Tensions between the United States and North Korea have ratcheted up to an all-time high since While each and every word from both President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is being parsed ad nauseum by the mainstream media, the situation can be summed up succinctly: It’s bad, and it could get a whole lot worse.
The Independent Journal Review reports Secretary of Defense James Mattis that will keep North Koreans up at night. Sec. Def. Mattis is now following suit, releasing this statement (emphasis added), promising that:
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 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.
That would be more than enough to get the attention from an opposing leader in normal times, but these are not normal times. Mattis proceeded to kick things up a notch to drive the point home.
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 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.
In a perfect world, Kim Jong Un’s sabre-rattling will be exposed to be just that and nothing more. That being said, the situation is getting awfully scary, as it can escalate in a veritable heartbeat. We’ll take some small solace in the fact that Mattis is not one to throw around the tough talk without the ability to back it up.
Source: Independent Journal Review