The chances of a war with North Korea are “increasing every day” as Kim Jong Un’s regime just keeps getting better at weapons tests, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Saturday.
Speaking only days after North Korea’s most menacing missile launch to date, McMaster called the isolated nation “the greatest immediate threat to the United States” and said that even its apparent military shortcomings give no comfort as that threat grows.
“Every time [Kim] conducts a missile launch and nuclear test, he gets better,” McMaster said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, Calif.
“And whether it’s a success or a failure isn’t as important as understanding that over the years he’s been learning from failures, improving and thereby increasing his threat to all of us.”
McMaster suggested there still might be ways to tame Kim’s regime without combat. He called on China, North Korea’s most vital economic partner, to completely cut off oil imports, since Kim won’t be able to test any missiles without fuel.