a reply to: shawmanfromny
VP Mike Pence is now visiting the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and it does appear that some kind of "talks" are underway. The pre-emptive strike option
is off the table for now, according to National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster...
""The United States, its allies and China are working together on a range of responses to North Korea's latest failed ballistic missile test, U.S.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser said on Sunday, citing what he called an international consensus to act.
H.R. McMaster indicated that Trump was not considering military action for now, even as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group was heading
for the region.
"It's time for us to undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully," he said on ABC's "This Week"
program. "We are working together with our allies and partners and with the Chinese leadership to develop a range of options."
"There is an international consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue," McMaster said.
The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo, a global ban on its
airline, intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, Reuters reported last week, citing U.S. officials.
While Trump has employed tough rhetoric in response to North Korea's recent missile tests, the new U.S. president's options appear limited in dealing
with a challenge that has vexed his Oval Office predecessors.
Most options fall into four categories: economic sanctions, covert action, diplomatic negotiations and military force.""
edit on 4/16/2017 by carewemust because: (no reason given)