Jim Mattis

Regardless of constant warnings from the United States, North Korea continues to test-fire missile after missile.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un throws large, military-style parades reminiscent of the Soviet Union, and his officials claim they can destroy America.

Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis (Ret.) is a master of war. When asked in May about the potential for physical conflict with North Korea, Mattis said it would be “tragic on an unbelievable scale.”

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More recently, Mattis gave Americans a general idea of what war with the reclusive state would like.

According to Business Insider:

Asked on Thursday by Rep. Tim Ryan of the House Appropriations Committee to explain why the US doesn't just go to war to stop North Korea from developing the capability to hit the US, Secretary of Defense James Mattis painted a grim scenario.

“I would suggest that we will win,” Mattis said. “It will be a war more serious in terms of human suffering than anything we've seen since 1953.”

“It will involve the massive shelling of an ally's capital, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth,” Mattis said of Seoul, South Korea, which boasts a metro-area population of 25 million.

“It would be a war that fundamentally we don't want,” Mattis said, but “we would win at great cost.”

Also, it's important to explain that while North Korea does have a massive ground force with 1.2 million active troops, their military hasn't engaged in a war since 1953.

In April, Independent Journal Review asked 14 military experts about what a third world war would look like and the actors who would be involved. A DOD analyst who specializes in North Korea told us how ill-equipped North Korea would be if it decided to take things to the next level:

"What they have most in their inventory is primitive propeller driven AN-2s. Yes, they can carry up to seven special ops personnel. Yes, they can carry ordnance, but the amount of said ordnance is limited by the capacity of the aircraft itself.

Also, that ordnance will not be of the advanced type. They will have to do it the old fashioned way. What they own in fighters is no more current than the late 1980s, Soviet-era stuff. If the balloon goes up, then the U.S. Air Force will destroy, if not decimate, their air force in the course of an afternoon."

Meanwhile, American forces and our allies are continuing to try diplomacy with North Korea but not much, if any, headway is being made.

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