General Mattis: NoKor ICBM not yet a threat

On Friday, December 15, 2017, Secretary of Defense, General Jim Mattis analyzed North Korea’s most recent nuclear missile test launch and did not believe it was a threat at the moment.

 

Reporters in the Pentagon were told; “It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now … we’re still doing the forensics analysis.”

 

North Korea tested an improved version of their ICBM that launched on September and on the launch on November 29, some intelligence was gathered to prove that it really was an improved rocket.

 

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However, some experts ask the question if it has a re-entry mechanism to protect the warhead from excess heat during it’s journey back to Earth’s atmosphere as well as guidance systems providing more accuracy. Some of these experts believe that the North Koreans only need another 2-3 launches to give it operational status.

 

President Trump has given all options on the table, including military options, but seems to be on the side of diplomacy. Nevertheless, the POTUS has brought some heavy naval and air assets to their ally in the South. This included 2 fully combat loaded aircraft carriers and several B-1, B-2, F-22 and F-35 jets to try and force the North to stop harassing US assets and allies and for a while, the North became a bit quiet.

 

Chief of US Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, said in a military base in Yongsan, South Korea that you needed legitimate options if you wanted to show legitimate deterrence and that it wasn’t empty words. Further, he said that the relationship between the United States and South Korea was rock solid and steadfast.

 

He wants South Korea, Japan and the United States to any kind of increased military activity from the North that would threaten the South and its neighbors from attack.

 

The three nations need a form of deterrent to try and make North Korea more compliant and slow down its nuclear weapons program.

 

Reference:  Jim Mattis says North Korean ICBM not yet a ‘capable threat’ to U.S.

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