U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the Trump administration is considering military response if North Korea takes military action to threaten ally South Korea or American troops deployed in the region.
“Let me be very clear. The policy of strategic patience has ended,” according to Tillerson. This marks a significant shift from foreign policies of previous administration dating back to the Clinton years.
In regard to Pyongyang’s provocations, Tillerson said that all options are on the table, including diplomatic and military measures.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict,” the secretary of state said in response to a question from CNN. “Obviously if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response.”
He said that if Kim Jong-un’s oppressive regime will elevate their threat of their weapons program to a level that requires action, the Trump administration will not hesitate to put the military option on the table.
The secretary’s strong message against the rouge state comes a day after he told reporters in Tokyo that North Korea is possibly performing another nuclear weapons test.