Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a grave — and somewhat alarming — statement addressing the escalating tensions between Washington D.C. and Pyongyong, warning Kim Jong-un’s regime against further escalation.
After President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised further threats from North Korea would be met with “fire and fury” — and Pyongyang responded, suggesting plans to attack Guam — the U.S. president flexed his nuclear muscles on Twitter Wednesday morning.
Now, we have a strongly-worded statement from Mattis, calling on North Korea to “stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons”:
Full statement from Defense Secretary Mattis: pic.twitter.com/SFHzntlRer
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The statement also includes this very ominous sentence, ostensibly suggesting that the United States could destroy the entire country of North Korea if they chose to ignore the warnings:
“The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
Mattis also reminded Pyongyang that its military capabilities are small when matched-up with America’s massive arsenal: “The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”
Watch CNN cut into its broadcast to announce the breaking news above.[image via screengrab]