After years of North Korea going virtually untouched with its nuclear weapons and provocations at U.S. allies, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signaled that America has had enough and the reclusive nation “has got to be stopped.”
In a joint news conference in London Friday with British defense minister Michael Fallon, Mattis was asked by a reporter if he still considers Iran to be the biggest threat to U.S. interests. He responded by saying that Iran remains a problem, but quickly shifted to North Korea arguing that the isolated communist state offers an immediate threat to the U.S. and its friends.
Mattis said the U.S. will be working with the international community to address North Korea’s rhetoric and growing capability.
To keep Pyongyang under control, Mattis said that the Trump administration is looking for a diplomatic solution that includes key players, but feels the regime’s latest provocations are “reckless” and needs to be stopped.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
Mattis has shown again that he and the Trump administration are completely revamping our foreign policy so that we support our allies and push back against our enemies.
Getting tough on North Korea is a complete turn around from the type of foreign policy that we have seen over the last 8 years. Under the Obama administration, we supported enemies such as Cuba, Iran and North Korea, yet we pushed back against Britain and Israel who are two of our greatest allies.
Mattis didn’t offer any details about how President Trump plans to deal with North Korea, which has ramped up its missile and nuclear-testing program under Kim Jong Un.