Tag: Defense Secretary James Mattis

TOPSHOT - This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. Kim vowed to complete North Korea's nuclear force despite sanctions, saying the final goal of his country's weapons development is 'equilibrium of real force' with the United States, state media reported on September 16. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT 'AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS THIS PICTURE WAS MADE AVAILABLE BY A THIRD PARTY. AFP CAN NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, LOCATION, DATE AND CONTENT OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PHOTO IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY AFP. / (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

South Korean Opposition Party Urges U.S. Nuclear Deployment

On Sunday, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford hosted a meeting with South Korean and Japanese military officials at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii. The three powers produced a joint statement calling on North Korea to “refrain from irresponsible provocations that aggravate regional tensions, and to walk away from its destructive and reckless path of development.”

TOPSHOT - Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in Zari District of Kandahar province on April 12, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. / AFP / JAVED TANVEER (Photo credit should read JAVED TANVEER/AFP/Getty Images)

Mattis: Trump Afghan Strategy to Combat Opium Trade

U.S. President Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy will focus on fighting the lucrative opium trade that is currently providing more than half of the Taliban’s estimated $400 million in annual funding, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told lawmakers, echoing other American officials.

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James Mattis, Rex Tillerson Tout ‘Peaceful Pressure Campaign’ to Denuclearize North Korea

Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson co-authored a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Monday titled, “We’re Holding Pyongyang to Account.” The secretaries argue that the Trump administration is using a “peaceful pressure campaign” to achieve the “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a dismantling of the regime’s ballistic missile programs.”

Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis listens to questions from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., about his views on women and gays serving in the military, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mattis: ‘No Doubt’ Syrian Regime Behind Gas Attack

Tuesday at a press conference at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary James Mattis said there was “no doubt” that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical attack last week in Syria. Mattis said, “Last Tuesday, the Syrian regime attacked