Mattis: US must keep all three legs of nuclear triad

Mattis: US must keep all three legs of nuclear triad

Mattis' stop in the Omaha-area comes a day after visiting Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

The senator also called on the U.S.to pressure China to reign in North Korea following the country's successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

After seeing what the Air Force is capable of, Trump said he is "more confident than ever that our options in addressing this threat are both effective and overwhelming".

Mattis in recent weeks has been dismissive of the idea of the getting rid of a leg of the triad, but his comments Wednesday are his strongest yet on keeping all three.

Mattis says the key to avoiding nuclear war is maintaining a nuclear arsenal sufficient to convince a potential enemy that attacking the United States with a nuclear weapon would be suicidal. "It won't work. You can't take us out".


This includes the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, a long-range, heavy bomber that can launch nuclear cruise missiles and can fly at high subsonic speeds at altitudes of up to 50,000 feet. The nuclear triad program is now under review, and before taking his post as defense chief, Mattis questioned the need to keep all three pillars, suggesting that ICBMs be eliminated. "That's how a deterrent works". "The sanctions Congress passed this summer are an important part of our strategy, and we continue working to further restrain the North Korean regime and advance modern nuclear defenses for our nation".

Mattis said that the Trump administration is not considering withdrawing from the treaty but that officials are "still engaged in determining whether it's a good idea", according to the AP.

Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement, marking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' visit to the Minot Air Force Base.

The trip focusing on the US nuclear arsenal comes after North Korea carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.

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