June 30, 2017 11:37
U.S. President Donald Trump has directed staff to "prepare a range of options" against North Korea, "including a military option, which nobody wants to take," U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Wednesday.
McMaster was speaking at a national security conference in Washington sponsored by the Center for a New American Security and the Washington Post.
He was complaining that China is not putting enough pressure on North Korea to dismantle its nuclear and missile programs. "The threat is much more immediate now," he said.
"We can't repeat the same failed approach of the past," he added. "The president has directed us to not do that."
"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," McMaster said. "There's recognition that there has to be more pressure on the regime."
He added that Trump will discuss this issue with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in during an upcoming summit, saying, "I think what you'll see in coming days and weeks are efforts to do that."
Trump earlier tweeted, "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out."
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