McMaster: "Working With China On Range Of Options" To Respond To North Korea Provocation

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President Trump's top security advisor, Lt Gen HR McMaster told ABC News that the US and China are "working on a range of options" on North Korea, adding that there is consensus that this was a "situation that just can't continue" as tensions mount over the country's nuclear and missile programs.  McMaster also called the regime in North Korea "hostile" and said said that Sunday's failed test fit into a pattern of "provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime."

"There is an international consensus now, including the Chinese leadership, that this is a situation that just cannot continue," McMaster said adding that "this latest missile test just fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime."

McMaster also said that North Korea's Kim is unpredictable and has demonstrated his brutality.

The comments followed a statement by a White House advisor who told Reuters that the "U.S. doesn’t need to expend any resources reacting to failed missile launch by North Korea" who added that the U.S. wasn’t surprised by the launch and was “anticipating” it.

Additionally, during the interview, McMaster said the U.S. relationship with Russia can only improve. McMaster was asked about what gave President Trump confidence that things would "work out fine" between the U.S. and Russia," referring to a tweet last week from the president. "Well, when relations are at the lowest point, there’s nowhere to go but up," McMaster said.

He said he thinks Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Russia was "perfectly timed."

"Russia has given support to a murderous regime in Syria that has perpetuated a civil war and as cycle of violence that," McMaster said. "Along with obviously the brutal - the brutal efforts of and actions of ISIS, have brought suffering to so many people, have created a crisis within Syria that has bled over into Iraq, and of course has bled over into neighboring countries and into Europe and so forth."

McMaster called Russia's support for that "kind of horrible regime" something that "has to be drawn into question."

"And so I think it’s time though, now, to have those tough discussions Russia.  And there’s nobody to do it than our Secretary of State," he said. "And then also to find areas of cooperation."

Last week Trump tweeted that things will "work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. "At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace," the president tweeted.

McMaster also touched on US involvement in the Syria proxy war and when asked if the US needs more troops in Syria, he responded that "that remains to be seen" adding "I don't think so"

As a reminder, last week several unconfirmed reports from both Mike Chernovic and Bloomberg suggested that McMaster is pushing for anywhere between 50,000 and 150,000 more troops in Syria.

McMaster is currently in Afghanistan where he met with officials in Kabul amid questions over the new administration's plans for the military mission in Afghanistan after American forces unleashed a huge bomb there on militants. McMaster met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior Afghan officials to discuss bilateral ties, security, counter- terrorism, reforms, and development, according to a statement on the palace's Twitter account.

The visit by H.R. McMaster, the first high-level visit by a Trump official, came just days after the U.S. military sparked controversy by dropping a GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, one of the largest conventional weapons ever used in combat, during an operation on Thursday against Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan.

As Reuters notes, while military officials said the strike was based solely on tactical needs, it led to speculation that Trump's defence advisers are planning to escalate the war against militants in Afghanistan.

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Earlier on Sunday, Trump tweeted that he was working with China "on the North Korean problem" suggesting that this was quid-pro-quo in exchange for not calling China a currency manipulator.

In a separate tweet Trump also said that "Our military is building and is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice!"

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directaction's picture

Trump is lying. Again. 
I no longer trust a damn thing he says.  

Looney's picture

The Conehead... also said that ____________ is unpredictable and has demonstrated his brutality.

<<<   Trump

<<<   Little Kim

Looney   ;-)

BaBaBouy's picture

The Drums Of Whoar Are Beating Louder...

The OLDEST Trick, get yourself out of a Tight JAM by Starting Woar...

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Baba,

"Oh dear Lord Jesus, this ain't happening man. This can't be happening man! This ain't happening!"
-Hudson, from the film Aliens.

Whoa Dammit's picture

We're being led into war by an idiot  general who looks like Uncle Fester. The only time this guy has a bright idea is when someone sticks a light bulb in his mouth.

Harlequin001's picture

'Respond To North Korea Provocation...'

Hang on, haven't the US just tested a nuclear bomb, and bombed another sovereign country?

Where do they get off telling North Korea that they can't even test one?

The_Juggernaut's picture

Did the US just test a nuke?  I haven't heard that.

The_Juggernaut's picture

...and fuck a range of options.  Arrest the fat little fuck and smash his toys.  End of story.

Pinto Currency's picture

CFR/Patreus operative McMaster needs to be given the bum's rush.

eclectic syncretist's picture

Mad Dog 2020 ready to sacrifice millions to make sure the MIC gets your children's inheritance in perpetuity.

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/nation/bum-wine-comparing-wild-irish-ros...

Danedog's picture

McMaster is dangerous, a true neocon.  What a disaster.  Come quickly Jesus.

OpTwoMistic's picture

Yoo, General Asshole,  the US is bankrupt.  Bring the troops home while you still have fuel.

They will want to be with their family.

NoDecaf's picture

"this latest foreign intervention just fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the US regime."

Had to fix that.
Makes more sense now.

X- x3's picture

Exactly.

The fact is, both 0bama & the neo-conman-in chief Tronald Dump have refused to do 'anything' to resolve the situation in North Korea.

Moon of Alabama writes  **April 14, 2017 Why North Korea Needs Nukes - And How To End That **;

"Now consider what the U.S. media don't tell you about Korea:

BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- China proposed "double suspension" to defuse the looming crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.

"As a first step, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) may suspend its nuclear and missile activities in exchange for the suspension of large-scale U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) military exercises," Wang told a press conference on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People's Congress.
...
Wang said the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is mainly between the DPRK and the United States, but China, as a next-door neighbor with a lips-and-teeth relationship with the Peninsula, is indispensable to the resolution of the issue.

FM Wang, 'the lips', undoubtedly transmitted an authorized message from North Korea: "The offer is (still) on the table and China supports it."

North Korea has made the very same offer in January 2015. The Obama administration rejected it. North Korea repeated the offer in April 2016 and the Obama administration rejected it again. This March the Chinese government conveyed and supported the long-standing North Korean offer. The U.S. government, now under the Trump administration, immediately rejected it again. The offer, made and rejected three years in a row, is sensible. Its rejection only led to a bigger nuclear arsenal and to more missiles with longer reach that will eventually be able to reach the United States....."

http://www.moonofalabama.org/2017/04/the-reason-behind-north-koreas-nucl...

X-

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ X,

Donald Rumsfeld, the US defence secretary, sat on the board of a company which three years ago sold two light water nuclear reactors to North Korea - a country he now regards as part of the "axis of evil" and which has been targeted for regime change by Washington because of its efforts to build nuclear weapons.

Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB, a European engineering giant based in Zurich, when it won a $200m (£125m) contract to provide the design and key components for the reactors. The current defence secretary sat on the board from 1990 to 2001, earning $190,000 a year. He left to join the Bush administration.
The reactor deal was part of President Bill Clinton's policy of persuading the North Korean regime to positively engage with the west.

The Clinton package sought to defuse tensions on the Ko rean peninsula by offering supplies of oil and new light water nuclear reactors in return for access by inspectors to Pyongyang's atomic facilities and a dismantling of its heavy water reactors which produce weapons grade plutonium. Light water reactors are known as "proliferation-resistant" but, in the words of one expert, they are not "proliferation-proof".

The type of reactors involved in the ABB deal produce plutonium which needs refining before it can be weaponised. One US congressman and critic of the North Korean regime described the reactors as "nuclear bomb factories".

North Korea expelled the inspectors last year and withdrew from the nuclear nonproliferation treaty in January at about the same time that the Bush administration authorised $3.5m to keep ABB's reactor project going.

North Korea is thought to have offered to scrap its nuclear facilities and missile pro gramme and to allow international nuclear inspectors into the country. But Pyongyang demanded that security guarantees and aid from the US must come first.

Mr Bush now insists that he will only negotiate a new deal with Pyongyang after the nuclear programme is scrapped. Washington believes that offering inducements would reward Pyongyang's "blackmail" and encourage other "rogue" states to develop weapons of mass destruction.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/may/09/nuclear.northkorea

X- x3's picture

Yepp.

I'm familiar with it; "Mr Rumsfeld was a non-executive director of ABB

ABB-Asea Brown Boveri was originally Asea from Sweden and Brown Boveri from Switzerland.

ASEA ATOM from Västerås built the norkie power plant. I believe the company is now a part of Westinghouse.

The original Operation Gladio-Sweden leaders, the Wallenberg Family , placed Donnie-the trator-Rumsfeld on the board of directors for ABB, after being told to do so by The Deep State.

.....everything is going according to plan....yepp, these bastards plan decades in advance.

;)  X-

*****ADDENDUM*****

I just heard the following >>>>>>

According to F. William Engdahl, the now deceased ex-CIA + US-Beijing Ambassador James R. Lilley said directly him that, the north korean 'country' is a Donald Rumsfeld's Pentagon-CIA construction !!!

*Trump is following Kissinger's Playbook - F. W. Engdahl*

https://youtu.be/XyoeRSXSNrc?list=UUXkBbDD--DOuh1M1RlnIiVA&t=2414

Listen for yourself.

X- x3's picture

01.11.2016 Author: F. William Engdahl

*North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State*

"If it weren’t for the fact that he is absolute dictator of a country with a formidable army and nuclear missile technology, North Korean President Kim Jong Un, the 290 pound, 32 year-old ruler would be a clown figure. Unfortunately for world peace, Kim Jong Un, while he is playing games with his rockets and threats of war, is serving the long-term interests of the USA, especially the military industrial complex, the Pentagon and State Department, whose priority increasingly is to make an Asia Pivot of military power projection to contain and isolate the Peoples’ Republic of China as well as Russia.

In the end of the 1990’s I had the chance occasion to have a chat with the late James R. Lilley......"
http://journal-neo.org/2016/11/01/north-korea-is-an-pentagon-vassal-state/

The_Juggernaut's picture

Rewarding NK by giving them gifts in exchange for a bullshit promise has been tried.  Time's up.  Time to smash their government and hand the place to NK's citizens.  Chine can help by building their ghost cities in NK.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

The name McMaster says it all, doesn't it?

A cookie-cutter neocon that tastes exactly the same as the last one. Boring, bland, predictable. And will kill you.

decon's picture

I'm dating myself but he appears to be the personification of "Daddy Warbucks" both literally and figuratively.

Oh regional Indian's picture

I think Taiwan is going to be the sacrifice....

NK is a distraction they cannot afford to lose at this point...

 

All of this action, including Syria is happening on the 33rd parallel.... surprise surprise...

 

https://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/axis-of-evil-doing/

ClassicalLib17's picture

I would assume that action would require the return of all US military equipment that is currently in their possession before the ChiComs would take over. Assuming that they paid for all of it, how would that deal be constructed?

greenskeeper carl's picture

"A range of options" that presumably all involve a war of some sort. This shit is so stupid, of all the people trump needs to fire, number one is this guy. Bring Flynn back.

 

Reading these tweets, I can't believe I ever thought he'd be any different. This kind of thing is the main reason I voted for him.

Winston Churchill's picture

At this point, there is probably nothing, both the Russians and Chinese would want more than to see

the USA bogged down in a major war,any war.,away from the  eurasian nexus, which is much further west.

If, and its a very big if, they choose to sacrifice a pawn,so what ?

However the current MSM  narrative is comingling Iran with NK, and Iran is far more than a pawn on the chessboard..

Deceit has won many more wars than armies, which is why the big picture strategic objectives, rather than tactical moves are what

should be kept in mind.. Something the US seems to have lost sight of, but most suicidal death cults do lose sight of their original purpose.

J S Bach's picture

McMaster looks like a James Bond villain.  So befitting.

DingleBarryObummer's picture

Yea, he needs to be stroking a cat and wearing an ascot or something.

TheLastTrump's picture

"SPUTNIK NEWS"

 

ROFLMAO

 

fucking Russian paid shill, douche

This is it's picture

I'm long trump,  bitchezzzz

TheLastTrump's picture

"I no longer"

 

means that you once did, which is a FLAT OUT LIE.

buckstopshere's picture

If there is a war, China wants military forces in North Korea to shape its future.

One dictator will be replaced by another dictator but one that is more easily controlled by China.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Agree with this; China is patiently aggressive and will not allow regime change in North Korea without extracting significant in-theater political gain.

buckstopshere's picture

In a war with China, North Korea would be more willing to use nuclear weapons on China than on South Korea.

The North Korean dictator may be crazy but he is a Korean and the Chinese are foreigners.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Beginning in the 5th century AD, the Korean language was originally written in hanja, borrowed Chinese characters that were spoken with a unique Korean pronunciation. This continued until 1443, when King Sejong the Great commissioned a group of scholars to help him devise a Korean language alphabet that all of the Korean people could use.

The decision to develop an alphabet that could be used by all the Korean peoples was revolutionary at that time. Before this, only Korea’s upper class utilized hanja because, unlike the lower classes, they were educated to read and write in Chinese.

https://www.alsintl.com/resources/languages/Korean/

tmosley's picture

I think they will be like Vietnam, were that to happen. Reunification would be preferable, but I don't mind China having a more loyal vassal so long as they don't inflict massive suffering on the people of North Korea as the current dynasty has.

withglee's picture

but I don't mind China having a more loyal vassal so long as they don't inflict massive suffering on the people of North Korea as the current dynasty has.

So "you don't mind" that?

How about you have your own space ... and be out of mine.

Iterative secession. It's more and more the obvious solution to this nonsense.

Oh regional Indian's picture

tmosely has had this typically condescending murrican tone for a few days now. He does nto mind, it pleases his lordship....

what a fucking typical american brainwashed twat....

Big Corked Boots's picture

Shouldn't you be waiting on line in some filthy village to exchange your paper money, instead of mocking others?

Rock On Roger's picture

I agree. It would be nice to see the arrogant warmongers taken down a notch or two.

 

A boy killed Goliath.

tmosley's picture

A kike killed a half-blind retard with gigantism.

The original spinmasters. They got kicked out of Egypt too. Spun that into a triumphant march out of bondage. "Feel sorry for us, goy!"

You pacifists need to understand, this is different from mideast wars. This is about a desperate regime eternally on the brink of collapse that has a chance of hitting the US with a nuke. This isn't some fantasy like the "Iraq has nukes" story. North Korea has tested them, and has been working on ICBMs. Now we have the US and China working together to resolve the situation, hopefully in a peaceful manner.

withglee's picture

This is about a desperate regime eternally on the brink of collapse that has a chance of hitting the US with a nuke.

Well, there always is that hope the nuke will hit Washington DC and give us all a needed respite. The % of people would be tiny ... and the remainder would be pretty pissed off. Wouldn't be hard to get people into boats and float them over there to finish Kim's haircut. The N. Korean behavior only looks that stupid because the stupid people in the USA driver's seat are painting them that way. Stupid is as stupid does.

Iterative secession. The time has come.

Mr.BlingBling's picture

IMO, the NorK's are not a credible threat because:
1. Their nukes are marginally reliable
2. Their nukes are too big to fit on the missiles
3. The missiles are marginally reliable
4. The missiles are not accurate, because NK has no capability to map the earth's mass concentrations, which affect ballistic trajectories.
5. The physics package, the guidance system, and the delivery system must work reliably on a given launch. A 50% success rate for each individual system means very slim odds of a successful launch that ends up with a bang over the target
and . . .
6. Kim is a hedonist. He and his government live the good life and they don't want that to end. If we don't provoke them, and we stop practicing to invade them, then they wont bother us. Because if they do bother us, they know that their gravy train gets knocked off the tracks. And they get incinerated.

fbazzrea's picture

+1  and eventually, his oppressive regime will be replaced from within as his people tire of their resources squandered on the elite. we can relate. throw the bums out, right?

withglee's picture

MBB: IMO, the NorK's are not a credible threat because:
1. Their nukes are marginally reliable
2. Their nukes are too big to fit on the missiles
3. The missiles are marginally reliable
4. The missiles are not accurate, because NK has no capability to map the earth's mass concentrations, which affect ballistic trajectories.
5. The physics package, the guidance system, and the delivery system must work reliably on a given launch. A 50% success rate for each individual system means very slim odds of a successful launch that ends up with a bang over the target
and . . .
6. Kim is a hedonist. He and his government live the good life and they don't want that to end. If we don't provoke them, and we stop practicing to invade them, then they wont bother us. Because if they do bother us, they know that their gravy train gets knocked off the tracks. And they get incinerated.

WG: Actually #6 is the only thing relevant. If you or I went over to N.Korea, I guarantee you we would find far more people we get along with than we don't. I even found that to be the case when I visited NYC for several days ... lots of nice folks there ... and a few turkeys.

So you and I have no bone to pick with these people at all. You say Kim is a hedonist. What do you think everyone involved in picking these fights is. It's a game for them. They're not going to get their butt shot off ... they're going to get your kid's butt shot off.

Tell them to go pound sand.

Iterative secession. Its time has come.

TheLastTrump's picture

He agrees with you on exterminating GOD's CHOSEN PEOPLE so you should simmer the fuck down KID CURRY.

withglee's picture

He agrees with you on exterminating GOD's CHOSEN PEOPLE so you should simmer the fuck down KID CURRY.

When you know god is a human invention, now suffering severely from overuse, the concept of her chose people is a pretty silly concept. But there is definitely a tribe of people in my space who march to totally different principles ... that are alien to mine ... and gouge me continuously. I say, let them have their principles ... in their space. Just get out of my space.

Iterative secession. We need many many more spaces ... not fewer.