Commander Says U.S. Ready for Military Ops Against N.Korea

  • By Kim Myong-song

    July 17, 2017 11:48

    Harry Harris

    The U.S. has all military options available against North Korea, the chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris, said Friday.

    Harris told the Asahi Shimbun daily that efforts to solve the North Korean nuclear issue by diplomatic means and sanctions will continue, but military options are always on the table and can be put into action at any time.

    Earlier, White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said, "The threat [from North Korea] is much more immediate now. We can't repeat the same failed approach of the past... 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."

    After the North announced the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile on July 4, Harris said it is getting "closer to being able to deliver a nuclear-equipped missile" to the U.S. mainland.

    He also stressed the need to deploy a new radar to defend Hawaii, where USPACOM is stationed.

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