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Mattis' message: US is not intimidated by North Korea

4 days 23 hours 10 minutes ago Thursday, September 14 2017 Sep 14, 2017 September 14, 2017 7:38 AM September 14, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D.- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is delivering a subtle message with his visit to a North Dakota nuclear weapons base: America is a mature nuclear power not intimidated by threats from an upstart North Korean leader who flaunts his emerging nuclear muscle.

Mattis on Wednesday inspected a mock-up nuclear warhead, but there was no Kim Jong Un-like posing for photographs. He chatted with nuclear missile launch officers in their underground command post, but there was no talk of unleashing nuclear hell on North Korea.

Mattis cast his visit as part of an effort to ensure that the U.S. maintains the kind of nuclear firepower that convinces any potential nuclear opponent that attacking would be suicidal. T

he Pentagon chief is getting classified briefings Thursday at Strategic Command, just outside of Omaha, Nebraska.

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