Does Washington Really Consider War With North Korea an ‘Option’?

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
By Paul Martin

A military option is by no means a remedy for the Korean crisis, Vzglyad columnist Petr Akopov writes, adding that what initially emerged as a tool to blackmail China is about to threaten world peace.

While the US mainstream media outlets and politicians continue to push ahead with the narrative of “Russian traces” in the US election campaign, it is unlikely that it will result in an all-out nuclear confrontation, Russian online newspaper Vzglyad notes, stressing that Washington’s provocative actions toward North Korea are a different story.

In an interview on The Today Show, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hinted Tuesday that the US president sees war with North Korea as an option.

“There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s program and North Korea itself,” Graham said.

“If there’s going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die here. And he [Donald Trump] has told me that to my face,” the US politician said, adding that if he were China, he “would believe him, too, and do something about it.”
For his part, US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton told Fox News Friday that the US needs to “reunite the Korean Peninsula” and consider a military option toward Pyongyang.

“The military option has to be looked at now,” he said, citing US military officials, “If the other option is dead American civilians killed by a nuclear weapon launched by a regime that’s the only hereditary Communist dictatorship in the world, what is the American President supposed to do?”

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