MATTIS SAYS US TO ACT ON NORTH KOREAN MISSILES POSING A THREAT
North Korea has recently launched two ballistic missiles over Japan before sending them plunging into the Pacific Ocean. Many, including myself, have wondered why hasn’t the US shot these missiles down and that question was posed to Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis.
He said those missiles although they flew over northern Japan, were high enough not to be an immediate threat. Then he did say that the US is prepared to shoot down any missile they deem poses a threat to the US, out territories, namely Guam, and our allies, namely Japan.
These comments were made while President Donald Trump was ready to address the United Nations General Assembly and discuss the threat of North Korea to the entire world.
The U.S. military is ready to take action against missiles from North Korea that pose a threat to America or its allies, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said.
North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan in the past month, both of which landed in the Pacific Ocean beyond the northern island of Hokkaido. Leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to fire missiles into waters near Guam, home to U.S. military bases in the Pacific.
“Those missiles are not directly threatening any of us,” Mattis said Monday when asked why the military didn’t shoot them down. “The bottom line is that, when the missiles — were they to be a threat, whether it be to U.S. territory, Guam, obviously Japan — Japan’s territory, that would elicit a different response from us,” he said…
Mattis has more discretion than I do as I would have shot down every North Korean missile test the moment it left North Korean airspace. Shooting all of them down as soon as possible would accomplish two things – it would have prevented North Korea from knowing if their missile tests were successful and it would have demonstrated our capability and resolve to stop North Korea.
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