US Army must be ready on North Korea: US Defence Secretary Mattis

James Mattis

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday emphasized that the USA still seeks a "diplomatically led" solution with North Korea but said the "U.S".

Korea is in all of our minds, and you know there is a reason", Mattis said, adding, "What does the future hold? "Neither you nor I can say", Mattis said.

While Mattis told the troops to stand ready, President Donald Trump tweeted that "policy didn't work" with North Korea, reiterating his assertions that diplomacy has failed time and time again under various presidents.

Defense Secretary James Mattis says the U.S. Army "must stand ready" in the face of continued provocations by the North Korean regime.

However, Mattis stressed the importance of the USA military being ready for such a conflict if it arises.

James Mattis said the US military should be ready in response to tensions with North Korea.

"Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars & getting nothing".

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There were "no risk-free options" when it came to North Korea, the general added, but said the danger it poses should not be underestimated.

Much of Mattis' speech that preceded the question-and-answer session was dedicated to encouraging a physically stronger soldier ready to fight when called upon.

"There is a timeline on this" Milley said, acknowledging that North Korea's missile threat has rapidly progressed and will likely soon progress to the point where even Washington DC is within range.

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But Mr Milley added that "there is a timeline on this" due to North Korea's rapid development of nuclear weapons.

The U.S. military ranks No. 1 in the world in terms of overall strength, while North Korea is ranked 23, according to the Global Firepower Index. Last week, North Korean officials presented a visiting Russian delegation with calculations showing that its missiles can now reach the US mainland.

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