USA to NKOREA: Prepared to Go to War...
U.S. military officials said North Korea’s latest weapons test featured a new type of missile fired from a mobile launch site, two factors propelling the view in Washington that the isolated country’s nuclear-weapons program is a growing threat.
The U.S. warned North Korea that it is ready to fight if provoked, as U.S. officials said they had concluded that North Korea for the first time had launched an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska.
The test prompted an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, which ended in a standoff between the U.S. and Russia after U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned diplomats that “time is short” and that all countries must pressure North Korea, including through new sanctions, to change course.
She said she discussed U.S. options with President Donald Trump and that military action hadn’t been ruled out.
Gen. Vincent Brooks, the top American military commander in South Korea, said earlier Wednesday that the U.S. and South Korea were prepared to go to war with the North if given the order.
“Self restraint, which is a choice, is all that separates armistice and war,” Gen. Brooks said. “We are able to change our choice when so ordered.…It would be a grave mistake for anyone to believe anything to the contrary.”