Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday revealed he has secret military options to strike North Korea — but he’s not ready to reveal them publicly.
One hotly debated topic centers around whether a military strike on North Korea would result in a major counterattack on the city of Seoul, South Korea, where roughly 25 million people live. The city is within striking range of North Korea.
Business Insider asked Mattis if he had any military options on North Korea that “would not put Seoul at grave risk,” and Mattis responded in the affirmative.
“Yes, there are, but I will not go into details,” he said bluntly.
When pressed on what possible military options could prevent North Korea from launching missiles at South Korea in response to an attack, Mattis remained confident in his secret options.
“Are we talking kinetic options as well?” the reporter asked.
“Yes, I don't want to go into that,” Mattis responded.
“Kinetic options” refers to the use of deadly force. Kim Jong Un, whom President Donald Trump has nicknamed “Rocket Man,” would never admit it, but he has to get some chills hearing those words from “Mad Dog” Mattis.
In his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump warned North Korea that the U.S. would “totally destroy” the rogue nation if forced to defend itself.
Watch Trump's U.N. speech below.