President Trump’s Team Ready To Hammer NKorea
Advanced diplomatic and military options are being readied as part of The Trump Administration’s more aggressive approach to NKorea following its largest nuclear test to date.
The package includes cyberattacks and increased surveillance, as well as intelligence operations, and could also include a US Security resolution that mandates inspections of ships going into and out of NKorea.
According to a senior admin official, the inspections will focus on ships exporting missile parts and technology from NKorea, along with materials coming in.
Administration officials added that President Trump is considering adding strong sanctions on Chinese banks that continue to do business with Pyongyang, while upgrading missile defenses, both considered diplomatically risky decisions.
Notably, The Trump Administration has not ruled out moving tactical nuclear weapons into SKorea if Seoul requests them, a move that would go against the standing US policy to keep the Korean Peninsula denuclearized.
Diplomacy, is still the core part of US strategy, with President Trump saying Thursday that he would “prefer not going the route of the military, but it’s something certainly that could happen.”
US officials are anticipating that NKorea will test another ICBM launch in the days ahead.
President Trump has been presented with several options, including pre-emptive strikes, but his advisers warn that taking military actions could result in serious consequences.
Further, China has informed The Trump Administration that if the United States hits NKorea 1st, Beijing will back Pyongyang rather than the US, according to a senior military official, but if NKorea hits 1st, “that changes everything.”
Using nuclear weapons, meanwhile, remains remote and would be considered too aggressive and would not be supported either domestically or internationally, but President Trump’s Team has reviewed the options as part of its planning.
White House and defense officials said the deployment of Aegis SM-3 land-based missile interceptors is also being included, and that 4 launchers for the anti-missile THAAD system were moved into place in Seongju, SKorea Wednesday, bringing the system to full readiness.
Our President is clear: we are “Locked & Loaded” and ready to release “Fire & Fury” on NKorea.