James Mattis – Kim Jong-Un “Grossly Overmatched”

 In Foreign, Military

Kim Jong-Un needs to understand this administration isn’t playin’ around when it comes to the safety of Americans and their allies. And a statement by the James Mattis, Secretary of Defense was meant to remind him of that. Kim seems to think that the statements from Trump about “fire and fury” are a “load of nonsense.” Betting on that one could be fatal.

Defense Secretary statement:

“The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack. 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 People’s 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. 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.” Secretary of Defense James Mattis

The problem didn’t begin with President Trump. It has been brewing for decades.

During the Obama presidency, our nuclear capabilities were not maintained well, morale was in the basement, and constant scandals involving cheating and drugs rocked the missile program. His answer to all of that was to have commanders fired rather than upgrade the  programs. It is seriously different under Trump.

In 1994, the President Bill Clinton signed a deal called the “Agreed Framework” with North Korea to “freeze and dismantle” their nuclear program.  It was never fully implemented.

So why do we continue to sign agreements with regimes that hate us and do their own thing anyway? That may have come to a screeching halt.

 

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