Pacific Command: Testing US forces would be 'foolhardy'

Pacific Command: Testing US forces would be 'foolhardy'
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The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific region is warning America's enemies not to "test" its military readiness after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off the coast of Japan.

Adm. Harry Harris, head of U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), said at a news conference on Tuesday that the operational capabilities in the region remain strong despite four collisions between U.S. military vessels and civilian craft this year, according to a CNN report.

"Perception is in the eyes of the beholder, and I will hope that no one will test the U.S. on the perception that we've had a problem with USS John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump informally offered Cohn CIA job before changing his mind: report Schiff: I thought more Republicans would speak out against Trump Trump presses GOP to change Senate rules MORE and three other assets — that would be a very foolhardy thing to do," Harris said. 

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a Malaysian oil tanker early Monday off the coast of Japan, injuring five sailors and leaving 10 missing. The Navy reported Tuesday that "some" of the remains of the missing sailors from the collision had been found in sealed compartments damaged in the crash. 

U.S. forces in the area are on high alert amid growing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea.

Earlier this month, North Korea backed off a threat to fire missiles toward Guam, a U.S. territory, but in a statement warned the U.S. that leader Kim Jong Un could change his mind.

“If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the restraint of the DPRK [North Korea], the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared,” North Korea's state media said.

Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThis week: Congress races to prevent third shutdown Week ahead in defense: Spending bill, Yemen vote top agenda The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE responded to North Korea's threats by saying that any missile attack would mean "game on."

“If they shoot at the United States, I’m assuming they hit the United States. If they do that, it’s game on,” he said.