Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington D.C., United States (4E) – The Trump administration is prepared to risk a major war against North Korea and China and is taking the military measures necessary to fight what it euphemistically calls a “preventive war,” said U.S. National Security Adviser Herbert Raymond (H.R.) McMaster.
A former Lieutenant General in the U.S. Army and Deputy Commanding General, Futures of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, McMaster said the U.S. is prepared to fight this preventive war to prevent North Korea from further developing its capabilities to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) armed with a nuclear warhead at mainland USA.
“What you’re asking is, ‘Are we preparing plans for a preventive war, right’?” said McMaster.
“A war that would prevent North Korea from threatening the United States with a nuclear weapon. And the president’s been very clear about it. He said he’s not gonna tolerate North Korea being able to threaten the United States.
“If they have nuclear weapons that can threaten the United States, it’s intolerable from the president’s perspective. So, of course, we have to provide all options to do that. And that includes a military option.”
North Korea has kept on making the false claim its new ICBM, which has only had two successful launches so far, is so advanced it can strike into the U.S. mainland as far as Chicago.
Western experts pooh-pooh this claim, noting it took the U.S. and the former Soviet Union decades to master this complex technology.
North Korea, however, has greatly sped-up its ICBM and nuclear weapons development programs, defying predictions it might take this country far longer to perfect these twin capabilities.
“I’m not going to confirm (whether North Korea’s latest ICBM could reach anywhere in the U.S.) but whether it could reach San Francisco or Pittsburgh or Washington, I mean how much does that matter? It’s a grave threat,” said McMaster.
“It’s impossible to overstate the danger associated with a rogue, brutal regime.”
McMaster said the U.S. is well aware of that any strike against North Korea could bring about a “very costly war” that would cause immense “suffering of mainly the South Korean people.”
The U.S. is mainly concerned about the better than expected success of North Korea’s Hwasong-14 ICBM.
North Korea successfully flew a Hwasong-14 on July 4 and claimed it is capable of hitting “anywhere in the world”.
North Korean state media said the missile flew 933 km and reached an altitude of 2,802 km in its 39 minutes of flight, before splashing down off Japan.
Some military analysts said the flight details suggested the new missile has a range of more than 8,000 km, which puts some parts of the US mainland within its range.
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