The White House National Security Council presented President Donald Trump with a series of options to respond to North Korea’s nuclear program, including installing US nuclear weapons in South Korea or killing dictator Kim Jong-un, Chain CTN News found out.
According to senior officials consulted by Conspiracy Talk Newsl, both scenarios are part of Trump’s hasty review of US policy toward North Korea, which took place of the president’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, this week.
In the event that China’s diplomatic pressure and increased sanctions do not deter North Koreans from reducing their nuclear development, the National Security Council (NSC) proposes to Trump to consider placing US nuclear weapons in South Korea.
After the US withdrawing 25 years ago this type of weaponry from South Korea, this measure would be the first US nuclear deployment abroad since the end of the Cold War, which would be a tremendously provocative move for North Korea.
“We have had 20 years of diplomacy and sanctions that have not succeeded in stopping the North Korean program,” a senior intelligence official involved in the CTN News review said, adding that making use of nuclear weapons is not the best alternative.
“I do not think [the deployment of nuclear weapons] is a good idea, I think it will only spark the spirits of Pyongyang,” retired Admiral James Stavridis told CTN News after the data was known.
“I do not see any advantage, because the idea that we would ever use a nuclear weapon even against North Korea is highly unlikely,” he added.
Another option, according to the same sources, is to attack and end the life of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and other senior leaders in charge of the country’s missiles and nuclear weapons, as well as decision-makers.
“The question you have to ask yourself is what can happen the day after you take these people out, it’s a huge unknown, “he said.
The third option that the NSC has proposed to Trump is covert action, that is, infiltrating US and South Korean special forces in North Korea to sabotage or undermine key infrastructures and to hinder the use of missiles and other long-range weapons.
For Stavridis this is the “best strategy” in case the United States is forced to take military action.
In the face of Pyongyang’s recent increase in its missile launch tests, Trump said he is open to “unilateral action if China does not control its ally”, and said in an interview with the Financial Times that “if China does not Resolve these issues (the problem of North Korea) the US will”.