McMaster: 'Range of Options' to Deal With N. Korea

Slams 'provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior' of Kim Jong Un
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2017 12:31 PM CDT
McMaster: 'Range of Options' to Deal With N. Korea
In this Feb. 20, 2017, file photo, Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as President Trump makes the announcement at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., that McMaster will be the new national security adviser.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Citing Pyongyang's failed missile launch as part of "a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime," National Security Adviser HR McMaster said Sunday that the United States is developing a "range of options" to counter Kim Jong Un's posturing. "The president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons," he told ABC News' This Week, per the Washington Post. McMaster said he's also looking to "Chinese leadership" to help put North Korea in check, reports Politico.

"I think there’s a great opportunity for all of us—all of us who are really [under] the threat now of this unpredictable regime—to take action short of armed conflict, so we can avoid the worst." Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland, appearing on Fox News Sunday, refused to confirm any American meddling in the failure of the missile, but said that it "didn't come as any surprise to us," given that the North's missile launches have a high rate of failure. (More HR McMaster stories.)

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