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McMaster: Administration Working to ‘Develop a Range of Options’ on N. Korea

by Susan Jones, CNSnews:

North Korea’s latest missile test failed over the weekend, but it’s part of a pattern of “provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior” that has the Trump administration considering its options, National Security Adviser H.R.  McMaster told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday:

I think there’s an international consensus now, including the Chinese and the Chinese leadership — that this is a situation that just can’t continue.

And the president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons. And so we’re working together with our allies and partners, and with the Chinese leadership, to develop a range of options.

nd the president has asked the National Security Council to integrate the efforts of the Department of Defense, State, our intelligence agencies, so we can provide options and have them ready for him if this pattern of destabilizing behavior continues, and if the North Korea regime refuses to denuclearize, which is the accepted objective of both the United States and Chinese leadership, as well our allies in the region.

A missile fired by North Korea exploded moments after launch in the regime’s latest test on Sunday. The day before, North Koreans marked the birthday of the country’s founder with a large military parade, featuring a new kind of short-range cruise missile, probably for shoreline defenses, the Associated Press reported. And North Korea also showed off canisters resembling those that could be used for intercontinental ballistic missiles.

But despite those concerns, North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test. What would have happened if they had? ABC’s Martha Raddatz asked McMaster on Sunday.

“Well, the president has made very clear that he is not in the business of announcing in advance exactly what he’s going to do in any particular situation,” McMaster replied.

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