Mattis: North Korea Would be “Overmatched” in a Conflict
GUAM — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, responding to threats from the North Korean regime, countered that North Korea would lose any military confrontation with the United States.
Mattis, on a trip to the Far East, made a stop in Guam, which North Korea on Aug. 8 had threatened with a ballistic-missile strike. The Defense Intelligence Agency had recently assessed that North Korea had miniaturized a nuclear warhead capability enough to arm a ballistic missile.
“The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack,” Mattis said in an Aug. 9 statement from Guam. “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 [Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea] 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.
“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,” Mattis said. “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.”