The latest report from the White House has confirmed that President Donald Trump was considering a slew of aggressive options on how to deal with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, whose desperate antics have grown increasingly more disturbing as of late.
Included among those options, all of which were presented to the president by the National Security Council, was the potential assassination of Kim and other senior leaders in charge of the nation’s nuclear weapons, according to NBC News, which cited unnamed “top-ranking intelligence and military officials.”
While highly tempting, this option was reportedly not preferred.
“The question you have to ask yourself is, what happens the day after you decapitate?” noted retired Adm. James Stavridis. “I think that in North Korea, it’s an enormous unknown.”
A more viable alternative involved redeploying U.S. nuclear weapons in South Korea as a deterrent. The U.S. withdrew its nuclear stockpiles from North Korea’s southern neighbor some 25 years ago, with the end of the Cold War. But given Kim’s recent behavior, it may very well serve U.S. interests to rethink that move.
“We have 20 years of diplomacy and sanctions under our belt that has failed to stop the North Korean program,” one unnamed senior intelligence official told NBC.
But Stavridis disagreed, warning that the deployment of nuclear weapons in South Korea would “only inflame the view from Pyongyang,” perhaps triggering the nation’s despot into further acts of wild aggression.
A third option, which Stavridis claimed was the “best strategy,” entailed “infiltrating U.S. and South Korean special (operations) forces into North Korea to sabotage or take out key infrastructure,” according to NBC News.
The final option involved performing military exercises as a show of force in the region, a strategy that has been used multiple times in the past with little apparent result.
Whichever plan the president ultimately chooses, one thing is clear — the situation in North Korea is fast approaching a “tipping point,” as noted by former Pentagon official Daniel Goure in a statement to CNBC
With Kim Jong Un reportedly threatening to launch nuclear attacks on the United States, something must be done — the sooner the better.
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