Mattis Sends Clear Message to North Korea

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U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a strong warning to North Korea during a press conference held in London Friday.

“Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future, and that’s got to be stopped,” the defense secretary said as he stood alongside his British counterpart Michael Fallon.

The former commander of the U.S. Central Command called Pyongyang’s nuclear program a “threat of both rhetoric and growing capability.”

Mattis did not elaborate on what actions would be taken by the United States or any other nation, but he did not mince words and made it clear that the behavior by the North Koreans will not be tolerated.

“We will be working with the international community to address this.  We’re doing so right now – we’re working through the United Nations, we’re working with our allies, and we’re working diplomatically including with those that we might be able to enlist in this effort to get North Korea under control,” Mattis said.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addressed North Korea a few weeks ago and said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to thwarting their nuclear capabilities. But a mere two days later, they launched a test missile.

H/T: The Hill

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