“Mad Dog” Mattis drew a definitive line in the sand for “outlaw” Kim Jong-un AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Reuters/screenshot
People watch a TV screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, in Pyongyang, North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Kim, in an extraordinary and direct rebuke, called U.S. President Donald Trump "deranged" and said he will "pay dearly" for his threats, a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon), Reuters/screenshot

Defense Secretary James Mattis said on Saturday, during remarks in Seoul, South Korea, that North Korea, under the rule of Kim Jong-un, has engaged in “outlaw” behavior and that the line in the sand has been drawn for North Korea becoming a nuclear power.

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Standing alongside South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, Mattis said that he cannot imagine a scenario where the United States will allow Kim Jong-un to helm a nuclear power.

He also said that North Korea has “accelerated” the threat through “illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs,” not just to its geographical neighbors but to the whole world.

?North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs,? he said. ?I cannot imagine a condition under which the United States would accept North Korea as a nuclear power.”

Mattis followed this by saying that any attack on the U.S. or its allies, such as South Korea, will be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response.

“[M]ake no mistake ? any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming,” he said.

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