James Mattis believes North Korea will face 'increased pressure' in coming months

James Mattis believes North Korea will face 'increased pressure' in coming months

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis says he thinks the world will exert “increased pressure” on North Korea in the coming months following recent maritime incidents in waters near China and the controversial development of its nuclear weapons program, Fox News reported.

South Korea said Friday that it inspected a Hong Kong-flagged ship for allegedly violating U.N. Security Council sanctions by delivering oil to a North Korean vessel in October.

"I think you will see increased pressure,” Mattis told Fox News on Friday. “What form that pressure takes in terms of physical operations is something that will be determined by the cognizant governments. Obviously if a government finds there is a ship in their port conducting trade that was forbidden under the U.N. Security Council resolution then they have an obligation and so far we’ve seen nations take that obligation seriously.”

Mattis also told Fox News that “nothing impresses me” when asked about the development of North Korea’s missile program.

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