National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster says the country should be ‘prepared’ for military operations in North Korea

National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster says the country should be ‘prepared’ for military operations in North Korea

McMaster said the US should be ready if military operations are ‘necessary’
He said the president was determined to join forces with allies to confront North Korea together
President Trump said we ‘cannot let’ the current North Korean regime carry on
He described Kim Jong Un as a ‘pretty smart cookie’ in an interview on Sunday

PUBLISHED: 21:30, 30 April 2017 | UPDATED: 00:12, 1 May 2017

National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster has said the country should be ‘prepared’ for military operations in North Korea.

While President Trump is hesitant to share ‘all our moves’, McMaster told Fox News on Sunday of his hopes that the US will join forces with other countries to thwart any plans Kim Jong Un has for nuclear weapons.

‘We have to do something with our partners in the region and globally and that involves enforcement of the UN sanctions that are in place.

‘It may mean ratcheting up those sanctions even further and it also means being prepared for military operations if necessary,’ McMaster said.

He reiterated that the US must be supported by its international allies if it is going to make any meaningful strides, adding: ‘It’s important for all of us to confront this regime… None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.’

McMaster praised President Trump for his ‘masterful’ handling of his relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

President Trump also spoke on the increasingly fraught relations between the two countries on Sunday.

In a wide ranging interview for Face The Nation on CBS, he said he had not yet decided on whether the US would launch military action against Kim Jong Un, but said he didn’t want to give away ‘all our moves’ anyway.

‘It is a chess game. I just don’t want people to know what my thinking is,’ Trump said.

He conceded that the North Korean dictator was a ‘pretty smart cookie’ and shrugged off a recent failed missile launch on their part, telling John Dickerson: ‘Eventually, he’ll have good missiles.’

‘If he does a nuclear test, I will not be happy. And I can tell you also, I don’t believe that the president of China, who is a very respected man, will be happy either,’ he went on.

A US official said the ballistic missile, thought to be a mid-range KN-17, was fired from a location in the South Pyeongan province in the early hours of Saturday morning local time.

It blew up over land before it ever reached its target of the Sea of Japan, landing around 22 miles from Pukchang airfield, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

It flew for several minutes and reached a maximum height of 44 miles before it apparently failed.

The launch comes just hours after the country announced it was ‘on the brink of nuclear war’ as the United States staged military drills with South Korea.

The US has already sent the USS Vinson, an aircraft carrier, and the USS Michigan, one of the world’s largest submarines, to the waters surrounding North Korea in a show of stealth.

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