US Defense Secretary James Mattis warned on Saturday that North Korea would face “a massive military reaction” if it used a nuclear weapon. “Any attack against the United States or our allies will be defeated,” James Mattis, a visiting US-based South Korea, told a news conference.
According to OBS , tension remains very high in the Korean peninsula since the Pyongyang regime conducted its sixth nuclear test and conducted several ballistic missile tests theoretically capable of reaching the continental United States. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump have regularly exchanged verbal war threats and personal insults.
An enigmatic statement by Donald Trump saying in early October that “there is only one thing that will work” with North Korea has revived speculation about the possibility of armed conflict. James Mattis called on Pyongyang to “do no illusions,” noting that North Korea is militarily “outclassed” by the United States and South Korea, which is home to 28,500 US troops.
Trump’s advisers point out, however, that US military options in the peninsula are limited: North Korea has very large artillery and short-range missile forces along the border that could make dozens of thousands of victims in South Korea at the start of a possible conflict.