On Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis directed members of the US military to “be ready”, warning the Army that we are on the heels of all-out war with the Korean peninsula if Kim Jong Un continues to ramp up his illegal nuclear and missile programs.
The Secretary 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 individual.
“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 said.
Also on Monday, President Trump addressed the escalating crisis occurring within the Korean peninsula, saying that “25 years” worth of diplomacy have yielded little results, and that “policy didn’t work.”
Watch the Secretary of Defense’s comments below: