Kim Jong Un believes he can hold the world hostage by ramping up his nuclear weapons program.
The North Korean Supreme Leader thinks by threatening the U.S. and her allies with thermonuclear war, he can remain in power.
But “Mad Dog” Mattis just showed him how wrong he really was.
The crisis with North Korea continues to escalate.
Pyongyang just carried out their sixth nuclear test and it was the largest one the country has recorded.
This development combined with North Korea successfully testing intercontinental ballistic missiles means they are rapidly approaching achieving the ability to target U.S. cities with nuclear missiles.
Jong Un believes these weapons – as well as his ability to vaporize Tokyo – will prevent the U.S. from ever engaging North Korea in war.
If the U.S. is unwilling to sacrifice San Francisco or Tokyo in an armed conflict, Jong Un can remain in power or achieve the long held desire to unite the Korean Peninsula under his families’ rule.
But Secretary of Defense “Mad Dog” Mattis just showed Kim Jong Un how wrong he really was.
Experts believe North Korea has between 30-60 nuclear missiles.
The U.S. has over 100 at just one base – Minot Air Force Base – in North Dakota where Mattis recently visited.
The goal was to show North Korea the folly of escalating this crisis into a nuclear conflict.
The Washington Times reported:
“As North Korea flaunts its new nuclear muscle, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is spotlighting the overwhelming numerical superiority of America’s doomsday arsenal.
On Wednesday he is dropping in on ground zero of American nuclear firepower: Minot Air Force base in North Dakota, home to more than 100 land-based nuclear missiles as well as nuclear bomb-toting aircraft. He also will receive briefings at Strategic Command, whose top officer would command nuclear forces in war.
The visits were scheduled before a recent series of North Korean nuclear and missile tests, but they give Mattis a chance to highlight what the Air Force touts as an always-ready fleet of land-based missiles and B-52 bombers equipped to deliver nuclear devastation to nearly any point on the globe in short order.
Minot and Strategic Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska also are timely backdrops for a related political message: The Trump administration intends to press ahead with a multibillion-dollar modernization of the entire nuclear arsenal. The Pentagon is in the midst of an in-depth review of nuclear weapons policy, but it seems already clear that upgrading the Cold War-era nuclear force is a foregone conclusion.”
A conflict with North Korea would be horrific.
Millions could die and cities like Seoul or Tokyo could be wiped off the map.
But North Korea would lose.
The Kim regime would be wiped from existence.
Mattis’ visit to Minot Air Force Base was a reminder of the United State’s overwhelming military superiority and the ability to carry out Trump’s “fire and fury” threats.