National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster said Sunday that all options are on the table in regards to North Korea.
McMaster described the problem as “coming to a head” and said the US is still attempting to use other means to diffuse the situation.
“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,” McMaster said. “And so we’re working together with our allies and partners, and with the Chinese leadership, to develop a range of options.”
The National Security Council, the State Department, intelligence agencies and the Pentagon are currently providing options to the Trump administration in case North Korea’s pattern of destabilizing behavior continues.”
“In the coming weeks, months, I think there’s a great opportunity for all of us… to take action short of armed conflict so we can avoid the worst,” McMaster added.
McMaster’s comments follow a failed missile launch by the regime Sunday just hours after the country’s annual military parade.
While the reason for the failure remains uncertain, numerous reports suggest that the Trump administration may have used cyber attacks, part of a program first revealed by The New York Times last March, targeting missile launch systems.
Trump is currently working with China, South Korea, Japan and others to deter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. The Communist regime is believed to be preparing for a sixth nuclear test as well.