In a joint press conference with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, James Mattis addressed the most pressing security concerns for the United States and its allies, specifically North Korea, Russia, and the global war on terror.
First on the docket was North Korea and its burgeoning nuclear missile program that has elevated threats levied by its despotic Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un, from laughable to worthy of legitimate concern. Intelligence reports and publicly reported ballistic missile testing both seem to indicate that North Korea is rapidly approaching having fully capable nuclear delivery systems for short, medium, and possibly even long-range strikes.
According to Mattis, North Korea is moving in a “very reckless manner,” with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
“This is a threat of both rhetoric and growing capability and we will be working with the international community to address this,” Mattis said, adding that diplomatic efforts include all “those that we might be able to enlist in this effort to get North Korea under control.”
“Right now, it appears to be going in a very reckless manner in what its conduct is portraying for the future,” Mattis said of North Korea’s government. “That’s got to be stopped.”
Mattis’ statements about Russia were relegated to their ongoing activity within Afghanistan, where Russian leaders have made moves toward normalizing relations with the Taliban, a terrorist organization the United States has been fighting in the area since the war on terror commenced in the days following the September 11th attack that started a new era of combat operations the globe over.