Following on the heels of President Trump’s warning to North Korea, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis issued a warning of his own—one coming from an experienced and seasoned four-star U.S. Marine Corps general, according to Fox News.
“The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” he said in a statement. “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
Though some have argued that President Trump acted without the consent of his defense team when he issued his fiery warning Tuesday, Mattis assured that President Trump is well aware of the situation in North Korea, and had been briefed on the situation as early as December 2016.
“President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December,” said Mattis, “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,” Mattis continued, “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.”
Mattis’s warning comes at a time when the North Korean crisis stands at its highest escalation in recent memory. It has been confirmed both by The Washington Post and Fox News that Kim Jong Un now possesses up to 60 nuclear weapons.
To further complicate the matter, North Korea continues to launch ICBM tests. Twelve have been conducted so far in this year alone. Their latest missile traveled as far as 2,300 miles into space and 45 minutes in the air—the longest and farthest ballistic missile test in the history of Korea, reported Fox News.
Prior to General Mattis’s warning, Trump gave a warning of his own, in a style of language to match the rhetoric of Kim Jong Un and his regime. Please pray for our troops in the region, and for God to give our nation’s leaders wisdom in this difficult situation.