The report said that, absent pressure on North Korea from neighboring China, the U.S. would strike Pyongyang
U.S. told Japan before Trump-Xi talks of option to strike North Korea
April 12, 2017
The United States told Japan prior to the U.S.-China summit in early April that it could resort to a military action on North Korea unless China steps up pressure on Pyongyang to curb its nuclear and missile ambitions, diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
The sources quoted the State Department official as saying there are only two options in dealing with North Korea — either China steps up pressure, or the United States strikes.
The remarks made the Japanese government lean toward the view that a military strike is becoming a realistic option for the United States, according to the sources. (The Japan Times)
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