McMaster says there is military option against N. Korea

Katrina Barker
September 17, 2017

"Now, it's not what we would prefer to do", McMaster said. Russian Federation is the largest employer of North Korean forced labor.

The statement appeared unlikely to change North Korea's behavior.

A North Korean state agency threatened Thursday to use nuclear weapons to "sink" Japan and reduce the United States to "ashes and darkness" for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over the latest nuclear test. Like his predecessors, Trump has opted for choices somewhere in between: economic sanctions and talk of eventual diplomacy or military action, depending on how North Korea responds. Both of North Korea's patron nations insist that Pyongyang has legitimate grievances that should be settled through negotiations with the USA and South Korea.

The latest missile test raises therefore important questions about the credibility of United States extended deterrence and the protective strategic umbrella that America provides to Japan and South Korea.

Hours later, President Donald Trump said the same thing during a speech at Joint Base Andrews, saying us military options are "both overwhelming and effective", and called out North Korea's "utter contempt for its neighbors and the global community". "This includes the regime of North Korea, which has once again shown its utter contempt for its neighbours and for the entire world community", he said. Relaxing the last of these principles would enable Japan to reintroduce USA tactical nuclear weapons to Japan, not only bolstering Japan's ability (with USA support) to deter North Korea, but also importantly reinforcing the commitment by Washington to defend Japan.

Former top White House aide Steve Bannon told a reporter in August that there are no military solutions for North Korea.

"If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future".

On Friday, the U.N. Security Council condemned North Korea's "highly provocative" test of an intermediate-range missile, which hurtled over USA ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean.

McMaster said that reform of the very much on the table at the meeting in general, with focus on ideas for making the notoriously inefficient organization, whose biennial core budget is $5.4 billion, more streamlined. "China and Russian Federation must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own", Tillerson demanded. That launch came less than two weeks after Pyongyang staged its most powerful nuclear test yet.

At the beginning of this year, North Korea's Kim announced plans to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that could strike the USA mainland.

The ambassador said she has "no problem kicking it to Gen. Mattis", the U.S. Defense Secretary, because "I think he has plenty of options".

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