It appears that North Korea has finally gone too far, after releasing photos of what appear to be a nuclear weapon. ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis has just issued an incredible threat to the fat tyrant, and it has Americans sitting on the edge of their seats.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly disrespected Donald Trump, Japan, South Korea, and the United Nations with his blatant escalations of violence. He’s launched numerous missiles into the ocean and near bordering countries, in a clear act of intimidation.
Donald Trump has previously warned that if North Korea decides to push us further, they will be met with “fire and fury,” unlike the world has ever seen. Apparently Kim Jong Un didn’t think that this was threatening enough, because he’s been completely ignoring President Trump’s threats.
In response, the infamous ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis stepped in to issue a threat of his own—and based off of the Secretary of Defense’s past history serving in our military, this isn’t a threat that Kim Jong Un should take lightly. CNN reports:
US Defense Secretary James Mattis vowed “a massive military response” to any threat from North Korea against the United States or its allies in a statement outside the White House after a meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and top national security advisers Sunday.
Mattis said Trump wanted to be briefed on each of the “many military options” for dealing with the North Korean nuclear threat.
“Our commitment among the allies are ironclad,” Mattis said. “Any threat to the United States or its territories, including Guam, or our allies will be met with a massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.”
Mattis called on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to “take heed” of the UN Security Council’s unanimous position against North Korea’s nuclear program and again stressed the US military’s position.
“We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely North Korea, but as I said, we have many options to do so,” Mattis said.
These remarks came after North Korea released pictures of a supposed hydrogen bomb, which if real, would be their most powerful nuclear weapon to date. Trump also warned earlier today that he was considering imposing even more sanctions on the country than before.
If President Trump does decide to go through with this threat, it could mean stopping trade with China, which has previously supported economic sanctions on North Korea, but remains a key trade partner of theirs.
While China is certainly our largest trading partner, no price is too high to pay for national security. If trade with China were to come to a halt, while it may mean temporary increases in prices, it would be a long term gain for the United States.
The United States is considering, in addition to other options, stopping all trade with any country doing business with North Korea.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2017
Some have critiqued Trump for taking too aggressive of a stance towards North Korea, however the past several presidents have tried diplomatic solutions with North Korea to no avail. In fact, Democratic President Bill Clinton tried giving them $4 billion in an energy trade deal in the 1990’s, only to be stabbed in the back.
“South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!” Donald Trump wrote. It seems that he’s right, and as Kim Jong Un continues to threaten us with war, let’s hope that Mad Dog Mattis is prepared to meet the task at hand.