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Pentagon Nuclear Posture Review Announced

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens to questions during a news conference at the Pentagon, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 01:25 PM

The Pentagon announced a nuclear posture review on Monday amid heightened talks of North Korea’s nuclear threat and a potential sixth nuclear.

Pentagon chief spokesman Dana W. White issued a statement, saying, that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is going to see to it that the country’s nuclear force is "safe, secure, effective, reliable and appropriately tailored to deter 21st-century threats and reassure our allies," Fox News noted.

The nuclear review is usually conducted every eight years, according to CNN.

The review will give people insight into what the nuclear policy and strategy will be under the Trump administration.

"Secretary Mattis directed the commencement of the review, which will be led by the deputy secretary of defense and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and include interagency partners. The process will culminate in a final report to the president by the end of the year," according to a statement from the Pentagon, Fox News noted.

The announcement of the review comes just two days after North Korea attempted to launch a new ballistic missile — a KN-17 — which exploded just seconds after it was launched.

The failed single-stage, liquid-fueled missile, was launched over the weekend as Vice President Mike Pence was on his way to Seoul.

Pence offered remarks about further nuclear tests on Monday during his visit at the Demilitarized Zone, located on Seoul’s border between the North and South.

"There was a period of strategic patience. But the era of strategic patience is over," Pence said, according to Fox News. "President Trump has made it clear that the patience of the United States and our allies in this region has run out, and we want to see change."

Pence’s comments came a day after TV host Chris Wallace asked Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland if the U.S. had anything to do with North Korea’s failed launch over the weekend — a question that the adviser quickly shutdown.

"You know we can’t talk about secret intelligence and things that might have been done, covert operations that might have happened," McFarland said. "So, I really have no comment on that, and nor should I."

"I do think we are entering a whole new era, not just with North Korea, but with everybody, with any country, major country, we are entering a cyber platform, a cyber battlefield," she added.

The new nuclear posture review is the first since 2010 when President Barack Obama was in office, according to CNN.

"If you look back not just to the 2010 nuclear posture review, but if you look back 20 years…you see a fundamental de-emphasis of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy," said Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, according to CNN.

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