General H.R. McMaster, Trump’s National Security Advisor, made it quite clear on Sunday that we must be prepared for military operations in North Korea. The best way to go about dealing with Kim Jong Un is to get other countries involved, and try to avoid military conflict. However, this may not be completely unavoidable.
McMaster wants to force the sanctions in place, while also reasserting Trump’s vow that we are no longer the policeman of the world. The US President stated, “We cannot be the policeman of the world,” during a debate in September 2016, “We cannot protect countries all over the world, where they’re not paying us what we need.”
The General told Fox News, “It’s an open defiance of the international community,” he continued, “It’s important for all of us to confront this regime….None of us can accept a North Korea with a nuclear weapon.”
Fox News reports:
Trump has since taking office attempted to form alliances with world leaders to solve such global crises as the Syrian civil war and the North Korea nuclear threat, including an outreach to China President XI Jinping.
“The president, I think, has been masterful in terms his development of a relationship with President Xi and in the discussions that led them to the place where the United States and the Chinese understand their interests overlap.”
Trump, who last week warned about the potential for a “major conflict” with North Korea, has also tried to strength relations with U.S. ally Japan. In February, he hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with the two playing golf at Trump’s course in Jupiter, Fla.
McMaster on Sunday set out several options toward ending North Korea’s efforts — a combination of nuclear tests and trying to develop a rocket that could carry a nuclear weapon.
McMaster also said China, essential to North Korea’s economy, has shown a “willingness to act and resolve this conflict short of military conflict.”
So what McMaster is trying to get across, is that all countries need to pull their fair share. World leaders need to enforce existing sanctions and possibly impose new ones. By doing so, this can help us all refrain from having to take military action.
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