August 04, 2017 09:41
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un should not be sleeping easy at night after his latest provocation, White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said Wednesday.
McMaster told MSNBC in an interview, "I think he should not be [sleeping well] because he has the whole world against him... He's isolated on this."
He described North Korea's missiles as a "grave threat" but declined to confirm that the Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile the North tested recently can reach New York. "I'm not going to confirm it," McMaster said. "But as I mentioned, really, whether it could reach San Francisco or Pittsburgh or Washington -- how much does that matter, right? It's a grave threat."
He added it is intolerable for North Korea have nuclear weapons that could threaten the U.S., and all options including a military option should be on the table.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters the previous day that the U.S. is willing to hold talks with the regime and added, "We do not seek regime change."
But in an interview with the Wall Street Journal the same day, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence ruled out direct talks. The U.S.' strategy doesn't involve "engaging North Korea directly," he said.
The shambolic Trump administration has frequently made it difficult to discern any clear line in the fog of obfuscation and braggadocio that emerges from it.
McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, is seen by some in the U.S. mainstream media as the most rational in the national security team and is thought to stand his ground against President Donald Trump if necessary.
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