Gen. Mattis Says US Military Should 'Be Ready' Amid North Korea Tensions

North Korea missile

North Korea missile

He explained that there is one thing that the United States military can do to prepare for the future: "We've got to be ready to ensure that there are military options that our President can employ if needed".

During the meeting, Mattis and Dunford gave a briefing to Trump and his national security team on North Korea.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the annual convention of the Association of the US Army on Monday that they should "be ready" with military options should diplomacy fail with North Korea.

The US Secretary of Defense said a diplomatic-led and sanction-backed solution was being sought to persuade the country to disarm its nuclear weapons program.

"The secretary's top priority is ensuring the warfighter has what he or she needs to win any current or future conflict", White told the news outlet "Operating under a continuing resolution for the ninth consecutive fiscal year, the department has a responsibility to communicate with the American people about what our military needs to stay the most lethal joint force on earth".

"I am among the majority in the country that believes our nation can afford survival, and I want the Congress back in the driver's seat of budgetary decisions, not in the spectator's seat of automatic cuts", Mattis said. Mattis urged soldiers to read T. R. Fehrenback's book on the Korean War.

The response was played up in a number of liberal mainstream media outlets as war mongering, but his reference to Fehrenbach's book, This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History, belies that kind of sentiment. Leave North Korea be because the more they stir Trump up the more they win and the more we pretend to own the world the more we lose. "The U.S. Army must stand ready". "And I know the Army will always do it's duty".

"Be ready" when it comes to North Korea.

"Donald Trump said in a cryptic message posted on Saturday on Twitter that" only one thing will work " with North Korea, without saying to which, two days after another statement mysterious. North Korea also conducted its sixth nuclear test this year, which it claims was a hydrogen bomb.

"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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