Mattis on North Korea: U.S. Army Must "Be Ready" In Case Diplomacy Fails

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Defense Secretary James Mattis commented on the possibility of military action against North Korea on Monday at the annual AUSA conference in Washington, D.C.

"It is right now a diplomatically, economic-sanctions-buttressed effort to try and turn North Korea off of this path," Mattis told the audience. "What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say."

"There is one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is you have to be ready to ensure we have military options... So if you’re ready, that’s your duty at this point and time, and I know the Army will always do its duty," he also said.





MATTIS: Ladies and gentlemen, it is right now, a diplomatically-led, economic-sanction-buttressed effort to try and turn North Korea off of this path.

What does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say.

There is one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is you have to be ready to ensure we have military options that our president can deploy if needed. We currently are in a diplomatically-led effort -- and how many times have you seen the U.N. Security Council unanimously now, twice in a row, vote to impose stronger sanctions on North Korea...

The international community has spoken, but that means the U.S. Army must stand ready.


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