US Secretary of Defense James Mattis amid tensions of another possible test by North Korea has made its position very clear on another repeated provocation.
According to him,
"The bottom line is North Korea has got to change its behavior," Mattis warned at the Pentagon Thursday.
Amid the growing tension, a US Navy carrier strike group is reportedly heading towards the Korean peninsula in preparation for a possible North Korean provocation while the US and its allies cautiously watch the situation.
Mattis has repeatedly stated his opposition to North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
"Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner … and that has got to be stopped," Mattis explained at a press conference in London last month. During his first trip to Asia as secretary of defense in February, Mattis stated that the US will protect its allies and partners in the region against North Korea.
"North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons program, and engage in threatening rhetoric and behavior," the secretary of defense said, adding, "America’s commitments to defending our allies and to upholding our extended deterrence guarantees remain ironclad. Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming."