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Mattis: US must keep all three legs of nuclear triad

Mattis: US must keep all three legs of nuclear triad

On Wednesday, Secretary Mattis will visit Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, the only USA base to host all components necessary for a full-scale nuclear response.

Speaking to reporters as he flew to a nuclear base in North Dakota, Mattis said if he wants to send the most compelling message, he has been persuaded that is the triad, and its framework is the right way to go.

Mattis said he thought sea and air capabilities were sufficient.

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. Developed during the Cold War as part of the U.S.

Minot is the only base in the United States that has both land-based missiles and strategic bombers.

One such enemy that has threatened nuclear war with the United States is of course North Korea.

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.

His three-day trip also includes visits to another key American nuclear weapons base, U.S. Strategic Command (Stratcom) in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as Mexico City.

The visits were scheduled prior to North Korea's sixth nuclear test earlier this month, but serve as an opportunity for Mattis to highlight the Pentagon's always-ready nuclear forces.

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