US Army chief: 'No risk-free options' on North Korea

11 October, 2017, 00:34 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong center escorted by police arrives at a laboratory in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Monday Oct. 9

Speaking at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting in Washington, Mattis warned that he could not say what the future holds for the DPRK.

He emphasized that now, Washington resorts to diplomacy, adding that the UN Security Council twice in a row voted unanimously in favor of imposing stronger sanctions on Pyongyang over its ballistic and nuclear missile launches.

Mattis told the crowd the worldwide community has spoken and that means the U.S. Army must stand ready.

While Mattis told the troops to stand ready, President Donald Trump tweeted that "policy didn't work" with North Korea, reiterating his assertions that diplomacy has failed time and time again under various presidents.

"That decision will be made by the duly elected representatives of the United States of America", Milley said, adding "there is a timeline on this" given the development of North Korea's missile program.

Defense Secretary James Mattis says the U.S. Army "must stand ready" in the face of continued provocations by the North Korean regime.

James Mattis said the US military should be ready in response to tensions with North Korea. So there's one thing the U.S. Army can do.

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Mattis' message comes as North Korea celebrates the founding of the Communist Party there this week.

Repeated threats to "totally destroy" North Korea have been among his most favored talking points on any subject since the UN General Assembly.

He continued that the South Korean and USA governments have agreed to closely cooperate and make decisions together as an alliance on matters involving North Korea.

More than 1.1 million people serve in North Korea's armed forces, representing approximately 5 percent of its total population.

People watch a television news screen showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch, at a railway station in Seoul on August 29, 2017.



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