President Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said Sunday that the United States is exploring “a range of options” to respond to an increasingly provocative North Korea but that the administration would like “to take action short of armed conflict, so we can avoid the worst.”
McMaster’s comments came on a weekend during which North Korea staged a huge parade in Pyongyang to showcase its military prowess and later launched a ballistic missile that exploded within seconds.
Appearing on “This Week” on ABC News, McMaster called the failed test part of “a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime.”
“The president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons,” he said.
McMaster said, “It’s clear that the president is determined not to allow this kind of capability to threaten the United States. And our president will take action that is in the best interest of the American people.”
McMaster said the United States is working with allies in the region, as well as China, to “undertake all actions we can, short of a military option, to try to resolve this peacefully.”