Preemptive strike against North Korea is possible
National security adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday the threat of North Korea launching a nuclear weapon at the U.S. or another rival nation is “impossible to overstate” and repeated that a preemptive military strike remains an option.The North Korean leaders have made preemption much easier by their threats of nuclear war against the US and its allies. It is really the most logical way to deal with their threats since allowing them a first strike should be out of the question.
“It’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime,” McMaster told Hugh Hewitt on the conservative commentator’s MSNBC TV show.
“Are we preparing a plan for a preventive war? … The president has been very clear that he’s not going to tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the U.S. … So of course we have to provide all options to do that, and that includes a military option,” McMaster said.
Still, he said, the United States would like to resolve the situation “short of what would be a very costly war."