North Korea is the biggest foreign policy crisis the United States has faced since 9/11.
The rogue nation is on the verge of developing a nuclear weapon that could strike targets in North America.
Now America’s top general has made a jaw dropping prediction on how Trump will resolve the situation.
Marine General Joseph Dunford is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He recently appeared at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado where he was asked about the possibility of military action to stop North Korea’s nuclear program.
Marine General Dunford said it was a possibility.
“Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggested Saturday that Americans must be prepared for the possibility of a military confrontation with North Korea, whose nuclear program he deemed an urgent threat.
Although he stressed the importance of applying continued economic and diplomatic pressure aimed at persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arms program, Dunford dismissed the oft-stated notion that a military option shouldn’t be on the table.
“Many people have talked about military options with words like ‘unimaginable,'” Dunford said. “I would probably shift that slightly and say it would be horrific, and it would be a loss of life unlike any we have experienced in our lifetimes, and I mean anyone who’s been alive since World War II has never seen the loss of life that could occur if there’s a conflict on the Korean Peninsula.
“But as I’ve told my counterparts, both friend and foe,” he added, “it is not unimaginable to have military options to respond to North Korean nuclear capability. What’s unimaginable to me is allowing a capability that would allow a nuclear weapon to land in Denver, Colorado. That’s unimaginable to me. So my job will be to develop military options to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Dunford was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, a gathering of national security officials, experts and others that wrapped up Saturday. His comments came in the wake of North Korea’s testing of an inter-continental ballistic missile earlier this month. “
North Korea set off alarm bells when they successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile.
The weapon stayed in the air for 40 minutes and traveled hundreds of miles.
It was estimated that the ICBM had the ability to hit targets in Alaska.
This was the first time North Korea demonstrated they had the capability to attack the United States.
Trump has stated he solved this problem.
And while right now he is working through diplomatic channels with China to bring about a peaceful resolution to the standoff, military options are clearly not off the table.
But war will be a last resort.
Trump will not rush headfirst into a conflict with North Korea.
That would only happen if all peaceful options to convince Kim Jong Un to abandon his nuclear weapons program have been exhausted.
Marine General Dunford’s comments demonstrate that Trump is taking the threat seriously and the military option – while it may be a last resort – may end up the only chance to end North Korea’s nuclear menace.