North Korea's nuclear missile program may require the United States to utilize a "military option," according to a retired general with ties to President Donald Trump.
"A preemptive strike against launch facilities, underground nuclear sites, artillery and rocket response forces and regime leadership targets may be the only option left on the table," said Jack Keane, a former four-star general and current chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, in an interview with The Times released Tuesday.
"We are rapidly and dangerously moving towards a military option," he said, adding that "our attempts to leverage China have failed miserably."
Trump himself told the Financial Times that "if China is not going to solve North Korea, we will," in an interview over the weekend.
Keane, who declined an invitation to join Trump's Cabinet due to his late wife's recent death, added that stopping North Korea's missile program will likely take more than diplomacy and sanctions.
"Sanctions have not worked against North Korea and I doubt more sanctions will and I don't believe sanctions against China will work any better."
"Our last three presidents spanning over 20 years have failed to stop the North Korean nuclear program," he said, but "hopefully [Trump's team] will succeed.
"North Korea's reckless march towards war, destabilizing the Korean peninsula and the Trump team's commitment to stop them may finally be the nexus that is persuasive to the Chinese to get serious about North Korea."
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