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Mattis Echoes Trump on North Korea

Reports indicated that the president’s “fire and fury” statement was delivered without consultation, but the defense secretary is on the same page.

James Mattis in Afghanistan

Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis had stern words for North Korea following revelations that the rogue nation had developed the capability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead.

Mattis said that North Korea “should cease any actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people,” in a statement released on Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, the specter of military action remains real:

Mattis says any action by North Korea would be grossly overmatched by the U.S., and that Pyongyang would lose any arms race or conflict it started. He says that while the U.S. is pursuing diplomatic solutions, the combined military power of America and its allies is the most robust on Earth.

The comments echoed President Trump’s statement that the United States would meet further provocations with “fire and fury.”

An earlier report from The New York Times indicated that Trump had been off base with his advisers with the comments, but Mattis’s statement made clear that the administration is united in its anger toward North Korean aggression.