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Trump administration still considering a military attack on North Korea

President Trump’s Top Defense and Diplomatic Chiefs Insist There’s a Military Option for North Korea, Time,  Matthew Pennington / AP, Aug 17, 2017   (WASHINGTON) — America’s diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Donald Trump’s top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief’s warnings a bluff.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security talks with close ally Japan that the U.S. seeks a peaceful solution to the standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. But he said a U.S.-led campaign of economic pressure and diplomacy needs to be backed by potential military consequences.

 Washington is “prepared militarily” to respond, if necessary, he said…..

North Korea’s missile launches “must stop immediately,” Tillerson said. Given the magnitude of the threat posed by the North’s weapons development, he said any diplomatic effort “has to be backed by a strong military consequence if North Korea chooses wrongly.”

“That is the message the president has wanted to send to the leadership of North Korea,” Tillerson said, “to remind the regime of what the consequences for them would be if they chose to carry out those threats.”

Trump last week pledged to answer North Korean aggression with “fire and fury.” He later tweeted that a military solution was “locked and loaded,” after leader Kim Jong Un was said to be considering a provocative launch of missiles into waters near Guam…..

Tensions have since eased somewhat since North Korea said Kim doesn’t immediately plan to fire the missiles. But fears of conflict remain as the U.S. and South Korea next week begin military drills that the North views as preparation for invasion, and as Washington seeks to stop the North’s progress toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental United States……


August 19, 2017 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war

1 Comment »

  1. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog and commented:
    All options should first be weighed. NK has been intransigent for long but part of the reason has been the U.S leaders’ inaction over the years. An attack on NK now however, may precipitate the WWIII. China won’t sit idly while it’s baby is wasted. Russia is waiting on the wings. Need I mention Iran?

    Comment by depatridge | August 19, 2017 | Reply

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