McMaster on N Korea's Latest Missile Launch: Military Option Still Possible
21:13 15.09.2017(updated 21:57 15.09.2017)
After Pyongyang conducted its first missile launch since the UN had imposed new sanctions on North Korea, the US president's national security adviser reiterated that a military solution to the problem is still on the table.
WASHINGTON, (Sputnik) – The Trump administration still considers a military solution with respect to North Korea, but prefers a diplomatic one, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said during a White House press briefing on Friday.
"There is a military option [on North Korea]. Now, it is not what we prefer to do," McMaster stated.
McMaster underlined the importance of enforcing economic sanctions against North Korea which have been supported by the UN Security Council members.
The United States will continue to call on all countries to do everything possible to address the issue, McMaster added. He stressed there is now consensus among all key nations that denuclearization of North Korea is one of the world's top priorities.
The statement comes after North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the early hours of Friday in violation of UN Security Council resolutions that bar it from researching ballistic missile technology. The missile flew over northern Japan before splashing into the Pacific, according to the US Department of Defense.
The latest missile launch comes just several days after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against Pyongyang as a response to North Korea's most powerful nuclear test conducted on September 3. The UN resolution bans Pyongyang from exporting textiles while capping how much crude oil and refined petroleum products can be imported. Natural gas condensates and liquids are also included among the items North Korea is restricted from importing in excess of UN guidelines.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump has repeatedly said that he doesn't exclude a "military solution" to the North Korean problem, however, later he scaled down such rhetoric, stating it would not be the "first" option.
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