North Korea may be in for a surprise from the U.S. military hints Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. According to Business Insider Mattis would not elaborate on details when asked but said there were still military options open for dealing with North Korea.
Some experts have said that a forceful attack on North Korea could have disastrous consequences including possibly hurting the 25 million people who live in Seoul, South Korea and are well within range of a chemical weapons attack or artillery munitions.
According to Mattis though, the Pentagon still has a few tricks up their sleeves and they don’t involve the decimation of Seoul.
“When asked whether there was ‘any military option the US can take with North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk,’ Mattis responded, ‘Yes, there are, but I will not go into details.'”
If a war were to be happen between North Korea and the U.S., Mattis said it would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth,” referring to Seoul.
It remains confusing to understand how the Pentagon could stop North Korea, take out their leader Kim Jong Un, while also preventing Pyongyang from fighting back. There are many secret artillery stations scattered throughout the North, and Kim is keeping an ironclad hold on power over his country.
Mattis is keeping it pretty quite about his plans for North Korea, but he did let one thing slip:
“‘Just to clarify, you said that there were possible military options that would not create a grave risk to Seoul,’ a reporter said later. ‘Are we talking kinetic options as well?’
‘Yes, I don’t want to go into that,’ Mattis said, agreeing that his closely held military option involved kinetic action, a euphemism to describe lethal military force.”
This comes while President Trump gives a speech to the U.N. threatening to “totally destroy North Korea” if Pyongyang didn’t back down on its nuclear provocations.
“It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but arm, supply, and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict,” Trump said on Tuesday.