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William Cohen: Few Options Available to Contain NKorea

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By    |   Friday, 14 Apr 2017 03:23 PM

There are very few options available to contain North Korea besides bringing economic pressure to the region, former Defense Secretary William Cohen said Friday.

"That regime cannot last without China's support, and that is why President [Donald] Trump's meeting with President Xi Jinping was very important," Cohen, who served under former President Bill Clinton, told MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" program. 

"I think the Chinese understand that to allow North Korea to continue doing what it's doing is going to destabilize the region, and maybe the world, so I think the Chinese will do more than they have in the past," the former secretary and lawmaker said.

Cohen said he also believes Trump will continue to show the world, and North Korea that the United States has military power, but he doubts "very much at this point" that the United States is considering preemptive action.

"And if we were, the last thing we should say is we're considering preemptive action, which would be likely to trigger Kim Jong-un to take action ahead of time," said Cohen. "I think we have to walk very carefully and talk very carefully when we're dealing with someone who is many thousands of weapons and nuclear weapons, as well."

The U.S. destroyers off the coast of Japan are there for a "reactive presence," said Cohen, not to launch military action.

"You would have to wipe out all of the North Koreans' capability before they were unable to unload their conventional weapons on Seoul, including [on] 28,500 U.S. soldiers in South Korea," said Cohen. "We're there to be reactive in the event they do something that really is dangerous to our allies in the region. We will be there to react very vigorously, and we sent a signal that if they ever take any action that threatens our allies or the United States, it will no longer exist. We have that capacity."

However, the United States is not looking for a fight, but rather "trying to persuade the North Koreans, but especially the Chinese, to exercise more economic power and influence over Kim Jong-un," said Cohen.

"We're saying 'look, we can't support you any longer if you're going to continue down this path,'" said Cohen. "'So either you alter the course of the regime's actions or we have to look at potentially having regime change, and that can come from within or without. But you can't continue on this path and maintain stability in the region.'"

The United States has had laws for decades against assassinating a head of state, noted Mitchell, but Cohen said there is always the option of a regime change from within.

"It may be that the generals see that the handwriting on the wall, and that they will not have a future," said Cohen. "If China refuses to back them the way they have, they will not be able to survive economically and politically. It may be the revolt comes from within.

Cohen also spoke about the decision to use the "Mother of All Bombs" to target ISIS' underground tunnels in Afghanistan, saying he believes it showed an indication that the United States has even more powerful weapons and that it was good for Trump to take advice from his military experts.

"I think he's taking advice from his commander in the field, and also [Defense] Secretary James Mattis, so I think they had a specific target," Cohen said. "This was the right weapon for that target."

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