The US Secretary of Defense has come out in support of President Trump’s statements on North Korea, saying that the isolated country will lose whatever conflict they initiate. US officials: Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ comment was completely improvised and potentially dangerous.
Trump and Mattis Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis issued a harsh warning to North Korea today (Wednesday), echoing US President Trump’s surprising ‘fire and fury’ comment: Should North Korea take action, he said, it would “lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
“While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means,” Mattis said, “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.” It would therefore be wise of North Korea “to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
Meanwhile, US officials have reported that President Trump’s promise to meet North Korean threats with ‘fire and fury’ yesterday was completely improvised.“President Trump’s comment was unplanned and spontaneous,” a senior administration official said. Another official added that the comment was “all Trump” and that there had not been “any discussions about escalating the rhetoric.”
Others added that the threat “does not help,” and could even cause damage by prompting a response by North Korea. Trump’s haphazard statements could also potentially damage US diplomatic relations with Japan and South Korea, which would both be affected by any American attack due to their proximity to North Korea.
“The border between the south and the north is very short, and the largest city in the south, Seoul, is actually within the North Korean range,” explained Dr. Il Kwang-sung, an international relations researcher in Seoul, in an interview with Channel 2 News. “If war breaks out, there is no other way- there will be many fatalities in Seoul.”