Kim Jong Un better heed warning, says US Navy commander
North Korea’s use of nuclear weapons will trigger ‘unilateral response’ KEN MORIYASU, Chief desk editor
TOKYO — A top U.S. Navy commander on Wednesday warned Pyongyang not to underestimate America’s readiness to take action in response to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s weekly provocations that seem to signal he was either self-destructive or that he did not believe the U.S. would retaliate with military force.
“If he thinks he knows that [the U.S. will not take action], he is not listening,” U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview in Tokyo. “Secretary [of Defense, James] Mattis has made it clear, and the President [Donald Trump] has made it clear, all options are on the table.”
Swift, who oversees the 200 ships, 1,200 aircraft and 140,000 sailors of the 7th and 3rd fleets that compose the Pacific Fleet, said military action was “part of a diplomatic approach” to convince North Korea to take a different path.
He was more explicit on how the U.S. would react if, for instance, North Korea fired nuclear weapons toward U.S. soil. “The recognition is that if you were to employ nuclear weapons against a country, it is pretty clear that it would respond. Every country reserves the right of unilateral response to an attack on its sovereignty,” he said.…… READ MORE