CNN reports that revised US military options have been prepared for President Trump according to two US military officials.
|The options will be presented to Trump if the North conducts an underground nuclear test or a ballistic missile test which indicates that the regime has made significant progress towards developing weapons that could reach the US according to the officials. The US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster also confirmed the options had already been prepared:|
"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. The threat is much more immediate now. We can't repeat the same failed approach of the past," McMaster said. 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."The new South Korean president Moon Jae-in has been meeting with President Trump. McMaster said that the two would discuss a new approach to the North. McMaster said that there was recognition that there needed to be more pressure on the regime and that one would see that happen in coming days and weeks.
"The two leaders called on North Korea to refrain from provocative, destabilizing actions and rhetoric, and to make the strategic choice to fulfill its international obligations and commitments. The two leaders affirmed that North Korea’s nuclear tests and unprecedented number of ballistic missile tests constitute direct violations of multiple United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) and highlight the accelerating threat its programs pose to international peace and security. "Of course the US , Russia, China, and others having nuclear weapons and far more advanced missile programs are no threat to international peace and security. Even Israel can have nuclear bombs which it developed in spite of international condemnation at the time In December of 2006:
Iran demanded Tuesday that the UN Security Council condemn what it said was Israel's clandestine development and possession of nuclear weapons and "compel" Israel to abandon its nuclear arms and place all its nuclear facilities under UN inspection. If Israel refused to comply, Iran said, the council must take "resolute action" under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which authorizes a range of measures from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military action.Iran's demands went nowhere of course since Israel's powerful supporters did not want them to.