(National Sentinel) National Security: The Pentagon’s military chiefs have dished up a set of new options for President Donald J. Trump to deal with North Korea after spy satellites picked up increased activity around Pyongyang’s underground nuclear testing facility.
As reported by Business Insider, Trump will be given those new options should North Korea attempt yet another nuclear test, or tests an ICBM capable of striking the U.S.
“What we have to do is prepare all options because the President has made clear to us that he will not accept a nuclear power in North Korea and a threat that can target the United States and target the American population,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said at the Center for a New American Security conference on Wednesday.
“The threat is much more immediate now. We can’t repeat the same failed approach of the past,” McMaster continued. “The President has directed us to not do that and to prepare a range of options, including a military option, which nobody wants to take.”
McMaster noted that decades of diplomacy dating back to Bill Clinton’s two terms in office have failed to dissuade North Korea from pursing nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them globally. Trump has made similar statements and so has his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson.
In recent days, Secretary of Defense James Mattis told the House Appropriations Committee that while there would be no question the U.S. would win any conflict with North Korea, it “will be a war more serious in terms of human suffering than anything we’ve seen since 1953,” especially heavy deaths in Seoul, South Korea.
The U.S. has a range of other military options other than direct invasion, including long-range strike missiles and ground-penetrating weapons.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo recently told MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt that Trump asks him almost every day about North Korea, and that the conflict is very much “at the top of his mind,” Business Insider reported.