North Korea has made repeated threats against the United States recently. It was only yesterday that Kim Jong-un backed down from his threat to attack Guam.
President Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis are preparing for an attack just in case. The Daily Caller reports Mattis stating if North Korea fires a missile at us, “We will take it out.” There have been multiple warnings issued to North Korea that if they decide to attack the US. It will lead to war, no questions asked.
Mattis released a series of tweets explaining his plan. “You can’t make all the decisions in advance. There are a host of things going on,” he stated. There are multiple angles of planning that need to be covered, and Mattis can’t speak on many of them.
Mattis clarified, “I need a certain amount of ambiguity on this because I’m not going to tell them what I’m going to do.” He’s exercising a sensible amount of disclosure by keeping the plans under wraps until they need to be used.
Trump and Mattis have made it clear that if North Korea tries to make a move against the United States, they will regret it. Perhaps the open threats–which is something that Obama tried to tip toe around–changed Kim Jong-un’s mind.
Trump promised that if the North Koreans decided to attack us, they would be met with “fire and fury like nothing the world has seen before.” The president’s statement was in response to the North Korean state-run media claiming that they were considering a strike against US forces in Guam.
The reaction from US officials is appropriate considering the type of threats received from the dictator-run country. It would be foolish not to heed a warning from a country threatening nuclear war.
Besides North Korea’s threat to bomb Guam, they also stated: “It is a daydream for the U.S. to think that its mainland is invulnerable.” In other words, they are threatening big cities like Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC, and so on.
Despite the talk of war, there has been an effort to talk the North Korean dictator down from his position. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote that the preferred way to stop this threat is through diplomacy. However, military options are still on the table, as always.
Trump stated on Twitter that he hopes Kim Jong-un will “find another way.” But just in case he doesn’t, he warned that the military is “locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.”
Now that North Korea has backed down, things are starting to calm, if ever so slightly. People are starting to feel comfortable again because it seems as if this is just another empty threat from a dictator who has made similar threats to other presidents for years.
Moving forward, the hope is that North Korea will keep their finger away from the trigger and America can avoid a nuclear conflict. Due to the combustibility of this situation, President Trump, Secretary Mattis, and many others are watching with anticipation to see what happens next.