The Defense Secretary warned of the accelerated development of North Korea’s weapons program, which represents “a threat to all”.
Speaking at a conference on international security in Singapore, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Trump administration is encouraged by China’s renewed commitment to working with the United States to prevent the development of nuclear weapons by North Korea ; And warned of the accelerated development of North Korea’s weapons program, which represents “a threat to all” and is perceived by the United States as “a clear danger.”
China has blocked new and more severe sanctions against Pyongyang that the United States has proposed to the UN Security Council. Still, the Security Council voted unanimously to add 15 individuals and four entities linked to the North Korean nuclear and missile program to the ‘blacklist’ of UN sanctions.
“North Korea’s continued development of nuclear weapons and the means to launch them is not new, but the regime has accelerated the pace and broadened scope of its efforts,” he said, referring to the various tests of nuclear devices and missiles that the regime Of Kimg Jong-un has carried out.
“Although the North Korean regime has a long history of homicide of diplomats, kidnappings, death of seamen, and criminal activity, its nuclear weapons program is a threat to all. In terms of national security, the United States considers that the threat of North Korea is a clear and present danger, “said Mattis.
In his speech, Mattis balanced praise for China with criticism of what he called Beijing’s disrespect for international law because of its “undisputed militarization” of artificial islands in disputed areas in the South China Sea.
“We can not and will not accept unilateral and coercive changes to the status quo” in the South China Sea, he said.