As expected, a four-star Marine Corps. general doesn’t sugarcoat, doesn’t mince words, and sure as hell isn’t afraid to lay it on the line.

So, it comes as no surprise that U.S. Sec. of Defense Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, in Asia prior to President Trump’s upcoming two-week visit to the continent, didn’t shy away from announcing in no uncertain terms that the U.S. will never accept a nuclearized North Korea.

Speaking in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, with Ministry of Defense Song Young-moo at his side, Mattis accused North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un of “outlaw” behavior.

In fact, Mattis said the actual threat posed by Kim is accelerating, given the number of ballistic missile tests the rogue nation has conducted in the past year.

Mattis added that the U.S. would defeat any attack on its soil or on an ally, warning the North and reassuring the South that any attack would be “overmatched by the firepower and cohesiveness of the decades-old US-South Korean alliance.”

The no-nonsense Marine, on a weeklong trip during which he will also visit the Philippines and Thailand, reiterated that while the U.S. continues to prefer diplomacy to war, any attack on the U.S. or any of its allies in the region will be “met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming.”

President Trump, who will visit China in addition to Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines from November 3 to 14, has vowed to meet any attack by North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”

The meeting between Song and Mattis also revealed that current operational limits would be lifted allowing South Korea to respond to any attack without having to rely on the current U.S.-led United Nations Command.

President Trump has brought pressure to bear on Kim not only through the U.N., but via increased cooperation from China, an economic partner of the North.

China’s President Xi Jinping has seemed to warm to the personal charm offensive of President Trump, cognizant of the threat a nuclear North Korea poses to the entire region.

Kim claims nuclear weapons are needed to counter what he claims are efforts by the U.S. to overthrow the Kim dynasty, blaming the economic woes of its 25 million citizens on the United States.

Do you think President Trump's effort to pressure North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-Un, to scale back his nuclear weapons program will succeed with a combination of diplomacy and a show or strength with its regional allies?

Source: The Guardian

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