Amid the increased tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the Chinese foreign minister warned that it is important to prevent the situation from deteriorating any further. “A conflict with North Korea could break out at any moment,” he said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Just a few hours after it was reported that the U.S. is examining the possibility of launching a preemptive strike against North Korea, other officials are voicing their concerns about the growing tensions between the two countries. Following Pyongyang’s threats of carrying out another nuclear weapons test, the Chinese foreign minister warned that it is important to prevent the crisis with North Korea from worsening any further. “A conflict with North Korea can break out at any moment,” said the Chinese official.
Earlier today, a senior-level U.S. official told the French news agency AFP that the Pentagon is assessing the possibility of military options in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The official said that another Pyongyang nuclear weapons test is a question of “when” rather than “if.”
Meanwhile, another U.S. intelligence official confirmed to NBC News that the Trump administration is prepared to carry out a preemptive strike against North Korea in order to prevent the country from conducting another nuclear weapons test. The official said that the U.S. has already positioned two destroyers that can launch Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region.
The Pentagon declined to comment on the reports, claiming that it does not discuss future operations “nor publicly speculate on possible scenarios.” “Commanders are always considering a full range of options to protect against any contingencies,” Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement. “Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of potential threats remains steadfast.”