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The Minister of defence Mattis visits to the Korean demilitarized zone
During his first visit to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, also known as a DMZ, Minister of defence, James Mattis, said the trump card of the administration are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating tensions in the region. But he also said the United States is prepared to take military action if the North does not stop missile development.
US defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that the danger of a nuclear missile accelerated attack from North Korea.
Mattis, of his remarks with South Korean foreign Minister Song Young-moo, during his visit in Seoul, accused the hermit Kingdom illegally and unnecessarily missile and nuclear programs and vowed to defeat any attack.
“North Korea has the threat that he represents, its neighbours and the world accelerated, by the illegal and unnecessary missile-and nuclear-weapons programs,” said Mattis.
MATTIS: WE WILL NOT ACCEPT A NUCLEAR NORTH KOREA
Mattis said, North Korea would be far overwhelmed by the firepower, and coordinated work of the decades-old U.S.-South Korean alliance.
“Make no mistake — any attack on the United States or our allies be defeated, and the use of nuclear weapons, which can be reached from the North, with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming,” he continued.
Jim Mattis made the comments during his visit in South Korea.
Mattis’ comments come less than a week before President Trump’s planned tour of East Asia.
Trump has intensified its own rhetoric against the isolated nation. In August, Trump, the North warned of threats against the United States, and said that, if it did, it would be “fire and fury as the world has never seen.”
MATTIS STRESSED THAT DIPLOMACY WITH A VISIT TO THE KOREAN DEMILITARIZED ZONE
This was Matti’s second visit to South Korea since he took office in January. He made a point to go to Seoul and Tokyo on his first overseas trip in February, he said he wanted to stress the importance he places on strengthening alliances and partnerships
On Friday, he visited the Demilitarized Zone, which forms a regulatory buffer between the two Koreas. He appeared there with the song, what they requested both a show of solidarity.
On Wednesday, Trump teased the possibility of visiting the Demilitarized Zone, The hill reported.
“Well, I’d rather not say, but they are said to be surprised,” Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.