North Korea: Secretary Mattis Prefers Diplomacy ‘Backed by Credible Military Force’

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at left, participate in the 49th Security Consultative meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 27, 2017. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, center, and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at left, participate in the 49th Security Consultative meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 27, 2017. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro

The U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis told in Seoul that the U.S. would never accept a nuclear North Korea.

“In light of expanded outlaw activities that all the world experienced and observed over the past year or two, I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power,” he told a news conference in Seoul with his South Korean counterpart at the 49th annual Security Consultative Meeting,.

Mattis expressed his worries over the escalating North Korean threat over the last few months. He said the threat from North Korea has grown more serious since the previous year.

Secretary Mattis said, “In the past few months, the North has conducted two ICBM tests, launched two intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Japan and conducted a fifth nuclear test.”

He reiterated the U.S. determination to stand by the South Korean ally in times of security avalanches.

“I am here to underscore America’s commitment to our bilateral alliance and to make clear the Trump Administration’s full commitment to the United Nations’ mission in defense of your democracy standing, as it does, as a bedrock countering the DPRK’s (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) effort to destabilize this region and to threaten the world.”

The U.S. Defense Secretary warned the North Korean regime that the North Korean provocations will be counterproductive.

“The DPRK is overmatched by the Republic of Korea-United States alliance,” the secretary said. “If it remains on its current path of ballistic missiles and atomic bombs, it will be counterproductive. The DPRK will be reducing its own security.”

Mr. Mattis also praised the Trump administration ‘commitments to defending our allies’ and ‘ironclad’ guarantee ‘to upholding our extended deterrence.’

Secretary Mattis warned the North Korean regime of massive military response given any nuclear provocations by the North.

“Make no mistake: Any attempt on the United States or our allies will be defeated. Any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met by a massive military response — effective and overwhelming.”

 Mr. Mattis, however, prefers diplomacy over the military actions. He said, “Diplomacy remains our preferred course of action, but as I have repeatedly emphasized, our diplomats are most effective when backed by credible military force in this sort of situation.”


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