Def Secretary Mattis Warns of ‘Massive and Overwhelming’ Military Response To North Korea After Nuclear Test
President Trump is sending a message here by having Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford give the remarks.
Watch the video below.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis warned on Sunday of a "massive," and "overwhelming" military response to North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs after a small group meeting with President Donald Trump in response to Pyongyang testing its sixth and largest-ever nuclear device.
Mattis stressed that the US has "many" military options for dealing with North Korea, but that the US does not seek the annihilation of any country.
Mattis was most likely referring to the US military's roughly 28,000 troops located in South Korea and its massive presence in Japan and in the Pacific. At the time of Mattis' speaking, the US does not have an increased naval or military presence in the region, though the US and South Korea did just complete a joint war-gaming exercise.
Watch: Defense Sec. Mattis at the WH, with Joint Chiefs Chairman Dunsford at his side, said they gave President Trump a number of 'military options'