(National Sentinel) War: President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, has issued an ominous warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un: Don’t get too comfy in bed at night.
The former Army general said during an interview on MSNBC Wednesday that Pyongyang presents a “grave threat” to U.S. national security, and that Kim personally should be advised he may be in Washington’s crosshairs.
“No, I think he should not be,” McMaster said after MSNBC’s Hugh Hewitt asked if Kim should be “sleeping easily at night.”
“Because he has the whole world against him, right? He’s isolated. He’s isolated on this. Since 1953 the Korean peninsula has been in a state of armistice. The war never formally ended and there’s been no aggression, no aggression from the United States, South Korea, any of our allies.”
Asked whether taking Kim out would ensure a follow-on regime would be friendlier to South Korea and the U.S., McMaster demurred.
“Well, I’m not sure about that,” McMaster said. “I don’t think anyone has a very clear picture of the inner workings of that regime.”
“What is clear is that it is an authoritarian dictatorship that has existed since the end of World War II. It is now in its third generation. And there is a difference in this third autocratic ruler in that he’s as brutal as the previous two had been. But he’s doing some things differently, he’s killing members of his own family,” he noted further. “And so, what this means for the future of that regime I think is almost impossible to predict.”
Nothing McMaster said should leave anyone with the impression that the Trump administration is prepared to back off its pledge to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear-tipped ICBM that can reach U.S. cities.