By MICHAEL R. HAGANUS/Associated PressWASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump has indicated he will use the United States military to contain North Korea if the country threatens U.S. territory or launches a nuclear weapon, his national security adviser said on Friday, an indication that the commander in chief is increasingly looking to use military force against the communist country.
A draft document obtained by Reuters showed the Trump administration was looking to strengthen U.N. sanctions on North Korea and other sanctions to impose additional pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear program.
The draft document, obtained by the Reuters news agency and seen by Reuters on Friday evening, is a draft of a proposal by the National Security Council to expand the U.R.N.-brokered nuclear agreement with Pyongyang that has been in force since 2009.
It said Trump was considering imposing additional sanctions on Pyongyang that would target key sectors of the North Korean economy, including a wide range of industries including its textile, construction, metals and food industries.
“The draft of the proposal does not include any specific measures to further isolate North Korea, but rather is a way to raise the pressure and show the United Nations that the U to N agreement is working,” the draft said.
A White House official told Reuters on Saturday that Trump’s draft proposal was a response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test and the ongoing standoff with South Korea over its planned missile defense system.
The White House did not respond to questions about the draft.
The president has repeatedly said he will respond to any North Korean provocation with military force, and has also threatened to use nuclear weapons if necessary.
North Korea’s official KCNA news agency said late on Friday that it would not tolerate a U.F.O. attack on the country, although it did not specify what kind of attack.
U.S.-North Korea tensions have surged since Trump took office, and the United State Department said it was considering sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear and missile tests.
The North Korean leader’s comments have sparked alarm among Washington and Seoul.
North Korean state media said last week it had successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that could be capable of hitting the continental United States.
The U.K. Foreign Office said it had urged the Trump government to act immediately to isolate North Korean banks, and warned they could face sanctions under U.A.E. laws.
The United States has a history of using military force to punish countries it considers threats to U.P.O., including Cuba and Iran, though it has not used force to isolate any nation since World War Two.
The nuclear deal with Iran in 2015 helped ease tensions with Pyongyang, and North Korea has agreed to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The document, seen by the news agency, said the U .
N. nuclear powers have been in a state of nuclear brinkmanship, and if they fail to agree on a final solution, the United U.U., and by extension the world, would be forced to resort to the use of military force in order to contain and ultimately eliminate the threat posed by North Korea.
The documents draft, dated Feb. 22, said Trump’s administration was considering extending the North Korea nuclear agreement to include other countries, including China and Russia.
It did not say what specific measures would be put forward to impose such additional sanctions.
North Koreans have not seen any indication of U.T.O.-broader U.L.
N sanctions, which are aimed at pressuring North Korea into curbing its nuclear, ballistic missile and cyber capabilities.
The report also said the Trump White House was considering implementing an enhanced financial embargo on North Korean officials and businesses.
The Trump administration did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The State Department, which has been at the forefront of the sanctions push against North Korean leaders, said in a statement on Friday it was reviewing the draft draft report to make sure it included all necessary steps to enforce U.
The country’s official news agency KCNA did not mention any sanctions measures in the draft document.
North Koreas leader Kim Jong Un speaks during an inspection tour of a textile factory in this undated photo released by North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, North Korea March 18, 2021.
The sanctions could come into force within days, according to U-T San Diego State University’s Matthew Gould, who served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs under former U.W. Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.
“This is really going to be an attempt to try to put some of these sanctions in place that would effectively punish and force North Korea to do something that the administration says it can’t do,” he said.
“We will see what the administration does with it.
We will see how much force is actually used.”
North Korea said in its latest test of an inter-continental ballistic ballistic missile on Friday.
The U., and by default the world , are under the threat of nuclear war.
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