Trump orders his generals ‘give me options for taking out Kim’s nukes’ and tells military to prepare to ‘remove North Korean threat’

Monday, April 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

H. R. McMaster said Trump wants ‘options’ for taking out North Korea’s nukes
Did not say what the options are, but pre-emptive strikes likely to be considered
He spoke as USS Carl Vinson strike group was redeployed to Korean peninsula
McMaster said move is ‘proportionate’ given North’s ‘provocative behavior’

10 April 2017

President Trump has asked advisers to be ready with a list of ‘options’ to put an end to North Korea’s nuclear threat.

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster said on Sunday that the Commander in Chief has put his security team on notice as a U.S. carrier strike group heads for the region.

He did not say what options Trump will be presented with, though many believe pre-emptive strikes will be among them.

McMaster, himself an adviser to the White House, described the decision to redeploy the USS Carl Vinson to the Sea of Japan as ‘prudent’ given North Korea’s ‘pattern of provocative behavior.’

Speaking to Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace about the deployment, McMaster said: ‘It’s prudent to do it, isn’t it?
‘Presidents before and President Trump agreed that that is unacceptable, that what must happen is the denuclearization of the peninsula.

‘The president has asked [us] to be prepared to give us a full range of options to remove that threat.’

The news comes after Trump launched cruise missiles against Assad in Syria last week, the first time the US has directly targeted the regime during the conflict.

North Korea denounced Trump’s attack as an act of ‘intolerable aggression’ and one that justified ‘a million times over’ its push toward a nuclear deterrent.

On Saturday Admiral Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, redirected the USS Carl Vinson strike group from Singapore to an area due east of the Korean Peninsula.

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