Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mattis to US Army on North Korea: 'Be ready'

Mattis to US Army on North Korea: 'Be ready'

The defense chief said the US administration is continuing its diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to the North Korea issue, but military options should be available. We need to gain self sufficiency and handle this economic crisis that a five year old could solve.

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"A full-blown war on the Korean Peninsula will be horrific by any stretch of the imagination", Milley said to reporters on the sidelines of the same meeting, but added that a missile striking Los Angeles or NY would be "equally frightful". "No one has any doubts about that", he said.

During his keynote address Monday to the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting in Washington, Mattis urged lawmakers to reach an agreement that would fund the Pentagon to October 1, 2018 beyond the $549 billion limit imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the defence detachment on Jangjae Islet and the Hero Defence Detachment on Mu Islet located in the southernmost part of the waters off the southwest front, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 5, 2017.

"It would be disgusting, there's no question about it, but so would an intercontinental ballistic missile striking Los Angeles or New York City. No one should underestimate [the danger]", CNN quoted Milley as telling reporters during an worldwide defense industry exhibition organized by the Association of the US Army on October 10.

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"There are no good, easy, you know, risk-free options here. Neither you nor I could say".

"This is extraordinarily hard, extraordinarily risky. Sorry, but only one thing will work!".

North Korea's nuclear weapons program has become the most urgent national security issue during the Trump presidency. "And there will be decisions made, there's no question about it", he added. Mattis' talk of keeping the Army ready to carry out that threat only adds to concern that the U.S. could start a massive war at any moment.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the U.S. Army to "stand ready" should military action against North Korea be ordered by President Donald Trump.

"Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid", Trump tweeted on Saturday.

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