US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned North Korea in the strongest terms Wednesday, Aug. 9 to stop any action that would lead to the “end of its regime” and the destruction of its people.”
He said in a statement: "The DPRK must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The DPRK should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people."
Mattis pointed out that the DPRK regime's actions “will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates."
Mattis added that while the State Department was making diplomatic efforts, the United States and its allies have the most "precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth."
Tuesday, President Donald Trump warned: "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."