Defense Secretary James Mattis is not messing around with North Korea.
In a visit to South Korea, the former general made himself very clear on how things would work with dictator Kim Jong Un and his gang:
“North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons program, and engage in threatening rhetoric and behavior,” he asserted, “We stand with our peace-loving Republic of Korea ally to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region. America’s commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain ironclad.
“Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Mattis confirmed plans to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system on South Korean soil this year, noting that the deployment would go off “without a hitch.”
The defense system is designed to protect South Korea and Japan from a North Korean missile strike, a possibility now more dangerous given North Korea’s nuclear weapons breakthroughs.
“Were it not for the provocative behavior of North Korea, we would have no need for THAAD out here,” Mattis explained, upon receiving objections from China and Russia. “THAAD should be a worry to no nation other than North Korea.”
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