While the Obama administration was mostly content to give North Korea pro forma lectures over the dictatorship’s various perfidies, the Trump administration has made it clear it’s going to do more than that — and that’s bound to be raising some eyebrows in Pyongyang.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the Trump administration is reconsidering the United States’ North Korea policy to put all options on the table, including military intervention.
And if President Donald Trump draws a red line, you can count on it being a real red line, as opposed to the paper tiger behavior of his predecessor.
The move came after North Korea test-fired an intermediate-range missile and allegedly assassinated the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a Malaysian airport.
“About two weeks ago, deputy national security adviser K.T. McFarland convened a meeting with national security officials across the government and asked them for proposals on North Korea, including ideas that one official described as well outside the mainstream,” The Journal reported.
“The request was for all options, ranging from U.S. recognition of North Korea as a nuclear state to military action against Pyongyang. Ms. McFarland’s directive was for the administration to undergo a comprehensive rethink of America’s North Korea policy.”
Earlier this week, CNN reported that a source close to Trump said the president considers North Korea to be the “greatest immediate threat” to the United States, and added that he fears North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “may be crazy.”
However, the president has been questioning whether Kim is “crazy or is he smart and strategic,” the source said.
Trump has also leaned on the Chinese to intervene more in North Korea’s affairs.
“You gotta work on North Korea,” Trump apparently told a top Chinese official.
The possibility of military action was something that Pyongyang never had to consider under the Obama administration, so one imagines that the North Korean government probably doesn’t like this. However, it’s yet another sign there’s a new sheriff in town.
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