After North Korea’s failed missile launch Sunday morning, international attention is shifting to see how the Trump administration responds to a defiant North Korean regime in Pyongyang that is determined to develop its long range missile and nuclear program.
President Trump has already drawn a red line towards North Korea in early January after he tweeted, “It won’t happen!” in reaction to North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un announcing that North Korea was in the final stages in preparations to test launch an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Although North Korea’s latest missile launch failed miserably on Sunday after a recent public parade of their military arsenal in Pyongyang, the Trump administration is now weighing a range of options for confronting a North Korea regime that remains isolated from the international community and is weighed down economically under the weight of sanctions.
Trump’s National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on ABC’s This Week that with the latest missile test from North Korea’s regime on Sunday, “it just fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior” and indicated there’s international consensus, including from the Chinese leadership, that it is a situation that can’t continue.
McMaster said that President Trump has made it clear that he won’t accept the threat the U.S. faces from “this hostile regime with nuclear weapons” and claimed the U.S. is now working together with their allies and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options.
On April 13th President Trump tweeted, ” I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.”
I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2017
Confronting a defiant and unpredictable North Korean regime could unsettle the Korean Peninsula and has the potential to cause North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to lash out against South Korea or Japan.
However, McMaster admitted on Sunday that it is in the best interests of everyone in the region to stop the destabilizing behavior of the North Korean regime.
“So what’s critical is for them to stop this destabilizing behavior, stop the development of these weapons, and denuclearize. And that is the best interests of everyone in the region, and ultimately it’s in the best interests of the North Korean people as well” McMaster said.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence arrived in South Korea this week-end and is visiting the country’s leaders today on the first day of his Asia Pacific trip.
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