- Fears Rise of U.S. Strike on North Korea: Trump’s National Security Adviser Says ‘All Options are on the Table’ as the President Sets His Sights on Key Targets
by LARISA BROWN FOR THE DAILY MAIL, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
* After failed missile test Lt Gen HR McMaster said ‘all our options are on the table’ to try to ‘avoid the worst’
* Frantic talks were taking place with allies including China to ‘develop a range of options’ regarding N Korea
* Mr Trump and Lt Gen HR McMaster hope China would convince its neighbour to stop the crisis escalating
The US refused to rule out a pre-emptive strike on North Korea last night as Donald Trump‘s national security adviser warned the situation was ‘coming to a head’. After the rogue state ran a missile test that failed, Lieutenant General HR McMaster said ‘all our options are on the table’ to try to ‘avoid the worst’. Frantic talks were taking place with allies including China to ‘develop a range of options’ in an attempt to quell tensions and calm fears of thermo-nuclear war.
But, with a strike group of US forces already posted to the Korean Peninsula, the US President added further fuel to the fire, saying he had been forced to beef up his military. On Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: ‘Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice.’
Mr Trump and General McMaster said they hoped China would convince its neighbour, which depends on Beijing to prop up its trades and finances, to stop the crisis escalating.
On Saturday dictator Kim Jong-un’s regime displayed its military muscle in a huge parade, before yesterday’s missile test which exploded within seconds. The medium-range missile – fired from a base in the Sinpo area – ended in farce because it ‘blew up almost immediately’, sources said. The US Pacific Command said it believed it to be a ballistic missile, which is initially powered and guided, but then uses gravity to fall to its target.