North Korea launched another missile from its capital of Pyongyang on Friday. The missile headed towards the east over the main island of Japan before it eventually crashed into the Pacific Ocean.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis is currently on a three-stop tour and was at U.S. Strategic Command, located in Omaha, Nebraska, when reports of the missile launch broke.
According to Tara Copp — Pentagon Bureau Chief for the Military Times — Secretary Mattis wasted no time and immediately went to the command’s operations center to assess the situation:
Secretary Mattis told the accompanying reporters that it doesn’t matter where he is, he and the military will be ready if North Korea tries to do anything against the United States:
The trip’s importance was especially highlighted in wake of the latest North Korean launch. The trip was labeled as a “three-day nuclear-focused trip that comes during ongoing reviews of the U.S. nuclear posture and ballistic missile defense.” Secretary Mattis’s first stop was at Minot Air Force Base, Minot, North Dakota on Wednesday.
According to the Department of Defense, the Air Force base is the only installation to have two legs of the nuclear triad: strategic bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles.