Kim Jong Un thinks he has the world backed into a corner.

He is pressing forward with his rogue nuclear weapons program to bully the world into accepting his tyrannical regime.

But Secretary of Defense Mattis just said the one thing he did not want hear.

Mattis delivered a speech at the annual convention for the association of the United States Army in Washington.

He declared that the effort to end North Korea’s nuclear weapons program was focusing on diplomacy and economic sanctions, but should that fail, the military should be prepared to quickly present military options to South Korea.

Politico reports:

“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday urged military leaders “to be ready” with military options for President Donald Trump to deal with North Korea should diplomacy fail — after Trump reprimanded his top brass last week for not providing him contingency plans quickly enough.

“Right now it is a diplomatically led, economic sanctions-buttressed effort to try to turn North Korea off this path,” Mattis said following a speech at the annual convention of the Association of the United States Army in Washington. “Now, what does the future hold? Neither you nor I can say, so there’s one thing the U.S. Army can do, and that is we have got to be ready to ensure that we have military options that our president can employ if needed.”

On Thursday, Trump told Mattis and his top generals in a White House meeting that he wanted military options at a “much faster pace.” The president subsequently suggested to reporters that “maybe it’s the calm before the storm,” sparking widespread speculation that the cryptic reference was to Korea war plans.”

Donald Trump has recently sent signals that he does not believe North Korea can be trusted to honor any diplomatic agreement.

Are Trump and Mattis hinting that a military action could be launched in the near future?

Pundits are speculating that Trump is playing the part of a madman to push Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table.

And in his speech, Mattis urged everyone to read a 1950’s book entitled “This Kind of War” which describes the harsh realities of the first Korean War.

So the Trump administration could be playing the good cop/bad cop routine to force a peaceful settlement.

But should Kim Jong Un continue to thumb his nose at these efforts, Mattis warns that the military will be ready.