Secretary of Defense James Mattis once again reiterated that diplomacy along with international economic sanctions against Pyongyang would remain the leading element of US strategy towards North Korea.
“It is right now a diplomatically led economic sanction buttressed effort to try and turn North Korea off this path,” Mattis said during his opening remarks at the AUSA.
But Mattis added that the military would continue to prepare options should diplomacy fail.
“We’ve got to be ready to ensure that there are military options that our President can employ if needed,” he said.
“Now what does the future hold? Neither you nor I could say,” Mattis said.
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