North Korea allegedly has nuclear weapons capabilities. Some say they can barely make low-yield weapons and have no way of delivering them outside of their own borders. North Korea claims they have hydrogen bomb capabilities and can strike anywhere in America (and therefore just about anywhere in the world). The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
Defense Secretary James Mattis was in Seoul today. Talking to South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, the four-star general declared that the North was in the midst of an illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear program. He had harsh words on the subject, including an not-so-subtle innuendo:
“I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power.”
Source: Washington Post
“North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs,” he said, adding that U.S.-South Korean military and diplomatic collaboration thus has taken on “a new urgency.”
“With that said,” he added, “make no mistake — any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming.”