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Amid North Korea crisis, Mattis focuses on US doomsday arsenal

1 week 4 days 22 hours ago Wednesday, September 13 2017 Sep 13, 2017 September 13, 2017 6:31 AM September 13, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON- As North Korea flaunts its new nuclear muscle, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is spotlighting the overwhelming numerical superiority of America's doomsday arsenal.

On Wednesday he is dropping in on ground zero of American nuclear firepower: Minot Air Force base in North Dakota, home to more than 100 land-based nuclear missiles as well as nuclear bomb-toting aircraft. He also will receive briefings at Strategic Command, whose top officer would command nuclear forces in war.

The visits were scheduled before a recent series of North Korean nuclear and missile tests. But they give Mattis a chance to highlight what the Air Force touts as an always-ready fleet of land-based missiles and B-52 bombers equipped to deliver nuclear devastation to nearly any point on the globe in short order.

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