On CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” Defense Secretary James Mattis shed light onto the possibility of a war with the hostile nation of North Korea. This interview came just hours before North Korea launched another ballistic missile test, this time landing in the Sea of Japan.
General Mattis described such a conflict as “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetime.” Mattis continued, “The bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means.”
The US Military reported that North Korea tested a short-range Scud ballistic missile on Sunday. The missile was shot off the eastern coast of North Korea, flew for six minutes, and fell into the Sea of Japan. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Starr, the ballistic missile reached about 280 miles.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga commented on the incident after the missile landed in Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone, “We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form.”
Countries like South Korea and Japan are particularly worried as North Korea continues to build its arsenal of short and medium-range missiles. Among these countries, these missiles can also target US military forces within the region. At this point, North Korea is believed to still be years away from developing nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (IMBDs) capable of reaching mainland US cities. Each consecutive test, however, puts North Korea closer to reaching this goal. As a result, the US and its allies will continue to monitor the North Korea’s efforts closer and take appropriate action when necessary.
First reported by Fox News