North Korea

McMaster Warns North Korea’s Behavior ‘Can’t Continue’

4/16/17
from FoxNews,
4/16/17:

Trump’s national security adviser says U.S. is consulting with Asian allies and Chinese leadership.

A senior Trump administration official warned Sunday that North Korea’s provocative behavior “can’t continue,” and said the U.S. is working with partners including China to develop a range of possible responses to future “destabilizing behavior.” “It’s really the consensus with the president, our key allies in the regions—Japan and South Korea in particular, but also the Chinese leadership—that this problem is coming to a head,” White House national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said on ABC News’s “This Week.” “And so it’s time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully.”

His comments came in the wake of a failed North Korean missile test over the weekend. The missile “blew up almost immediately” after it was fired on Sunday morning, U.S. military officials said, less than a day after leader Kim Jong Un paraded a never-before-seen long-range ballistic missile through the streets of Pyongyang. Officials said the missile North Korea tested was probably a medium-range missile, not an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. It failed about four to five seconds after launch. A U.S. official said that if Pyongyang had attempted a nuclear test, “then other actions would have been taken from the U.S.” Officials didn’t say what those actions would have been. Taken as a whole, the comments suggested the U.S. was continuing to seek solutions with Beijing as well as longtime allies in the region, short of a military response. The weekend missile test, which one Trump aide on Sunday termed a “fizzle,” appeared to buy more time for those efforts, which officials hope will include increased economic pressure on North Korea from China.

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