SecDef Mad Dog Mattis: North Korea Must ‘Stand Down’ Or Face The ‘End Of Its Regime’
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews the honour guard before a meeting with Japan's Defense Minister Tomomi Inada at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, Japan, February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

The Secretary of Defense Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, following in the footsteps of President Trump, issued a strong warning to North Korea Wednesday.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis instructed North Korea to stand down or face destruction. “The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” he explained in an official statement. “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

North Korea has demonstrated the ability to threaten the U.S. and its allies with a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. Since President Donald Trump entered office, Kim Jong-un has accelerated the country’s weapons development program, firing off short-, medium-, intermediate-, and long-range missiles, as well as surface-to-air and coastal defense cruise missiles.

Sec. of Defense Mattis assured observers in his statement that the U.S. is committed to protecting its allies, and that American and allied capabilities are superior to those of North Korea.

“The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack,” Mattis said. “While our State Department is making every effort to resolve this global threat through diplomatic means, it must be noted that the combined allied militaries now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth.”

“The DPRK regime’s actions will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates,” he added.

The defense secretary’s comments follow President Trump’s stern warnings to North Korea.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Trump said Tuesday. “They will be met with the fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state, and as I said, they will be met with the fire and fury and, frankly, power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”