Defense Secretary James Mattis used a dark outlook of exactly what war with North Korea would be like, hours before the rogue regime released another ballistic missile.
Mattis said in a telecasted interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that a conflict with North Korea would be “probably the worst kind of fighting in most people’s lifetime.”
“The bottom line is it would be a catastrophic war if this turns into a combat if we’re not able to resolve this situation through diplomatic means,” he said.
Later Sunday, North Korea tested a short-range Scud ballistic missile off of its eastern coast, the United States military said.
The statement said the missile flew for six minutes till it landed in the Sea of Japan.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the rocket flew about 280 miles.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga stated what seemed a North Korean ballistic rocket fell within Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone. ““We cannot tolerate such repeated actions from North Korea, and we have lodged a strong protest against North Korea, criticizing them in the strongest form,” Suga said.
There was no instant comment from North Korea’s state managed media. But the launch followed a report from the North that stated leader Kim Jong Un had viewed a successful test of a brand-new kind of anti-aircraft directed weapon system.
It wasn’t clear from the report when the test happened.
North Korea is still believed to be a number of years away from its goal of being able to target U.S. mainland cities with a nuclear ICBM, however each brand-new test puts it closer to success.
The North has a strong arsenal of short-and medium-range missiles that target Japan and South Korea and U.S. forces in the region, and it is working to best its longer-range missiles.