“All options are on the table, undergoing refinement and further development,” said National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster with respect to military operations to halt the North Korean government’s pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) with nuclear warheads.
Speaking with ABC’s Martha Raddatz for This Week, McMaster also said that avoidance of military conflict was preferable in pursuit of the Trump administration’s objective to “denuclearize” North Korea’s government and stop its development of long-range missiles (emphasis added):
“This is a problem that has been passed down from multiple administrations. It’s really the consensus, with the president, our key allies in the region – Japan and South Korea, in particular – but also the Chinese leadership, that this problem is coming to a head. It’s time for us to undertake all actions we can short of a military option to resolve this peacefully.”
Raddatz relayed statements from the North Korean government, asking if President Donald Trump’s tweets regarding North Korea increase the likelihood of war: