The US and its allies are confident they can win a war with North Korea, Defense Secretary James Mattis said, warning Pyongyang to refrain from any actions that could mean the end of its government and the “destruction” of the North Korean people.
“While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth,” Mattis said in a statement on Wednesday. “The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.”
Mattis further warned Pyongyang to refrain from “any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”
The warning comes after President Donald Trump said that any threats from North Korea will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
On Tuesday, US intelligence agencies said that North Korea has developed nuclear warheads small enough to be used in its ballistic missiles.
While previous US estimates said that Pyongyang would not be able to develop intercontinental missiles for several more years, intelligence agencies said they now believe North Korea possesses the capability to target most of the continental US right now.