Mattis: N. Korea Shouldn’t Consider Actions That Would Cause ‘Destruction of its People’

By Gage Cohen | August 9, 2017 | 5:36 PM EDT

Defense Secretary James Mattis.

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(CNSNews.com) -- On Wednesday, after Communist North Korea’s state-run news service reported that the regime was "examining the operational plan" of a strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a statement recommending that North Korea “cease any consideration of actions” that would ultimately cause its people and its government to be destroyed.

“The United States and our allies have the demonstrated capabilities and unquestionable commitment to defend ourselves from an attack,” said Secretary Mattis, the former commander of the U.S. Central Command and four star general (ret.).

“Kim Jong Un should take heed of the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice, and statements from governments the world over, who agree the DPRK poses a threat to global security and stability,” said Mattis.

Kim Jong-un, the Communist dictator of the Democratic Republic of North Korea. 

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“The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” he said.  “The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people.”

The statement continued, “President Trump was informed of the growing threat last December and on taking office his first orders to me emphasized the readiness of our ballistic missile defense and nuclear deterrent forces.”

“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,” said the Defense Secretary.

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

The defense secretary’s statement comes a day after President Donald Trump told reporters in New Jersey that if North Korea refuses to stop making threats towards the United States, “they will be met with fire and fury, and frankly power -- the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

On Tuesday it was reported by U.S. intelligence that North Korea now has the capacity to carry miniature nuclear warheads on their ballistic missiles. Guam is reportedly in range of their medium-long range projectiles. 

President Donald J. Trump. (FNC)