Secretary of Defense James ‘Mad Dod’ Mattis told members of the US military to “be ready” on Monday, warning the Army that all-out war could erupt on the Korean peninsula should dictator Kim Jong Un continue his illegal nuclear and missile programs.
Mattis was speaking at an annual meeting of the United States Army when he was asked about the Trump administration’s policy regarding North Korea.
“I suspect your probably not going to reveal the intricate details of your Korea strategy, but what can the U.S. military do to lessen the likelihood of conflict on the Korean peninsula?” asked one questioner.
“What a great question. Let me talk about Korea for a minute because it’s on all of our minds,” said the Defense Secretary. “It is right now a diplomatically led, economic sanction-buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path. What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say.”
“There’s one thing the US Army can do. You have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our President can employ if needed,” he added.
President Trump commented on the escalating crisis unfolding on the Korean peninsula earlier Monday, saying that “25 years” worth of diplomacy have yielded little results, and that “policy didn’t work.”
Military experts and officials believe North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is preparing a major provocation in the region to mark Monday’s national holiday; possibly firing another missile or testing a nuclear warhead to mark the founding of the nation’s ruling communist party.
Watch the Secretary of Defense’s comments above.