Mattis said the USA is now pursuing a "diplomatically led effort" that has seen the UN Security Council twice vote unanimously to sanction North Korea, but that military backing is still needed. "But so would an intercontinental ballistic missile striking Los Angeles or New York City".
He told the soldiers gathered at the conference that training to provide Trump with military options to deal with North Korea would help deter the provocative nation from considering an attack on the United States or its allies.
North Korea has repeatedly tested the patience of the United States by testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons in defiance of condemnation.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis urged the Army Monday to be prepared in case diplomatic relations with North Korea break down.
The CNN, while quoting its military analyst and retired Colonel Rick Francona, said, "If the North Koreans in fact accessed the US/South Korean defense plans, this is a treasure trove of information and presents a real danger". We need to gain self sufficiency and handle this economic crisis that a five year old could solve.
"There are no good, easy, you know, risk-free options here".
"The presidents and their administrations speak to North Korea for 25 years", had tweeted the american president.
Mattis himself has expressed frustration with the press, complaining they are trying to frame things he says as contrary to Trump.
"What does the future hold?"
"There are times when those of us who wear the uniform can be rightly condemned for being overly conservative, wanting more insurance and more boats and planes and guns and tanks and I understand that", Mattis said. The messages seem to suggest that the president considers military action the most viable approach to handling North Korea.
"Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid hasn't worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of US negotiators".