If General Mattis hadn’t already made it clear that he’s not messing around as the Pentagon’s new Secretary of Defense, this move did the trick.
Mattis appeared next to Han Min Too, his South Korean counterpart, during his first trip overseas today, making a bold statement to North Korea, per Task And Purpose.
Check it out:
“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,” he said.
He went on:
“North Korea continues to launch missiles, develop its nuclear weapons program, and engage in threatening rhetoric and behavior,” Mattis said. “”We stand with our peace-loving Republic of Korea ally to maintain stability on the peninsula and in the region.”
This decision to visit South Korea so soon after his installment as Secretary of Defense was a surefire message to both Koreas that made very clear where the U.S. stands under the Trump administration and where American priorities lie.