Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Defense Secretary, Schwarzenegger say USA ready to respond

Defense Secretary, Schwarzenegger say USA ready to respond

A "grossly overmatched" North Korea "would lose" any conflict it starts, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim "Mad Dog" Mattis warned on August 9.

He made it clear that while the State Department is pursuing "diplomatic means" with Pyongyang, "North Korea will be grossly overmatched by the USA and its allies" and would lose any arms race it starts.

And while Mattis warned on Wednesday that North Korea would be "grossly overmatched" by the USA and its allies if a military conflict were to break out, some senior administration officials have provided a counterpoint to the President's more inflammatory rhetoric.

If carried out, it would be the North's most provocative missile launch to date. In July, North Korea said it would "strike a merciless blow" at the United States if Washington ever attempted to remove Kim from power. "North Korea responding with a threat to USA territory after Trump warned them not to threaten the United States was never going to go down well", Lawler writes.

He told reporters that the diplomacy effort spearheaded by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley "has [gained] diplomatic traction" and "is gaining diplomatic results", according to the BBC.

The White House has distanced itself from the president's threats, and Mattis maintains that diplomatic efforts are the best way to combat this crisis. "That shows where the Trump administration goes in terms of the prioritizing of the threat but also how to deal with it in a diplomatically effective manner".

"The DPRK regime's actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates", he said.

The warning followed Trump's tweets earlier in the day that the USA nuclear arsenal is "now far stronger and more powerful than ever before". "Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!"

The President's comments on Tuesday have been the backdrop to a week of growing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

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