March 20, 2017

U.S. Says Military Strike Is Among Its North Korea Options

By Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Journalist(s) Jonathan Cheng

President Donald Trump and his top diplomat hardened the U.S. approach to North Korea, ruling out direct talks and raising the option of a pre-emptive strike in statements that set the stage for a potential clash with Chinese leaders this weekend.

The first-strike threat and the U.S. deployment this month of the beginnings of a missile-defense system in South Korea represent a shift in balance that is expected to provoke Beijing, which is North Korea’s top ally.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in Seoul on Friday, slammed Beijing for its opposition to the defense system, which is aimed at protecting South Korea against missile threats from the North.

Read the full article at the Wall Street Journal.

  • Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper

    Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper is a Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is formerly a Fellow with the CSIS Asia Program and Director of the CSIS Asia Marit...