Secretary of Defense First Trip Overseas
During his first visit overseas, SecDef James Mattis put North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his place, while also calming the thoughts of Japan and South Korea. Mattis made it clear that the U.S. will no longer put up with nuclear threats.
In addition to the firm stance on North Korea, Mattis made it clear that the U.S. will now stand with their allies in all issues. This means that no show of force from North Korea will be allowed.
Mattis Will Not Put Up With These Threats
Specifically, Mattis said:
“America’s commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain ironclad: Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming.”
Former President Barack Obama left a mess for Trump and Mattis. Apparently, Obama wasn’t able to create a nuclear plan with Iran while also keeping an eye on North Korea’s nuclear programs.
Obama’s failures also deal with Korea’s protector, China.
An Effective An Overwhelming Response
House Speaker Paul Ryan concluded, Obama “should immediately make full use of the sanctions authorities Congress gave him earlier this year, and he should join me in urging China, as Pyongyang’s chief sponsor, to fully enforce the international sanctions on the Kim regime.”
While in Seoul, Mattis left a clear message for Kim and our allies. Any use of nuclear weapons against the U.S. or any of its allies will be retaliated with an “effective and overwhelming” response.
Aren’t you proud we have someone firm in Trump’s cabinet?