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McMaster: Potential for War with North Korea ‘Increasing Every Day’

by Countable | 12.5.17

What’s the story?

Following North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile last week, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that the potential for war with the rogue nation is "increasing every day, which means that we are in a race…to be able to solve this problem."

Why does it matter?

Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, McMaster told the crowd at the Reagan National Defense Forum that "there are ways to address this problem short of armed conflict, but it is a race because he's getting closer and closer, and there's not much time left."

According to the national security adviser, some of these armed-conflict alternatives include Beijing enforcing a complete oil embargo of the DPRK.

"You can't shoot a missile without fuel," McMaster said. He added that the U.S. is “asking China to act in China's interest, as they should, and we believe increasingly that it's in China's urgent interest to do more."

What do you think?

How do you think we should "solve this problem" of North Korea? Are additional sanctions the way to go? Should Trump return to his "fire and fury" threats? Should the U.S. pressure other countries to impose additional sanctions on the regime? Hit Take Action, tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Claude
    12/05/2017
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    Are you really going to permit Trump to kill a million South Koreans and innocent North Koreans. Maybe even starting war with China. Trump is dangerous, he does not even understand negotiation and has created a potential nuclear war. Republican representatives need to stop him

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  • Marylynn
    12/05/2017
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    Maybe if all the generals that surround the Liar in Chief would tape his mouth shut and shove his mobile device up his wazoo, there wouldn't be a problem with N. Korea. But, when you have two psychotic misfits going at one another, war is a possibility. If the Liar in Chief hadn't dodged the draft 5 times and served during the Viet Nam war, perhaps he'd be less of a moron, then again I'm giving him too much credit. He'll always be a piece of garbage.

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  • Donna
    12/05/2017
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    North Korea has been a threat for as long as I can remember, which is a long time. Yes, some of the current escalation is due to their rapid development of nuclear arms. Some of the current escalation, however, is directly attributable to a president of the US with delusion ideas of grandeur and infallibility. Poking a bear is never a good practice. Bullying, degrading, minimizing and threatening the leader of another sovereign nation is just plain stupid, especially when that ruler is in control of nuclear weapons that can reach the US. You may not agree with Kim Jong Un (I definitely do not), but how is going to war with him protecting America? This President ran on a platform to keep us safe. Screwing with a guy with his finger on the trigger does not make me feel safe.

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  • Laura
    12/05/2017
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    We do not need another war. We’ve lost the wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, might as well add Yeomen too, but no one has the balls to admit it. Haven’t we strapped the military enough? Haven’t we provided Halliburton with enough funding for overpriced contractors? It’s time to admit our methods for war do not work anymore. Our POTUS is merely playing games in order to go to war because he thinks he will be popular amongst his base. We do not need another war to de-synthesize another generation.

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  • KansasTamale
    12/05/2017
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    We’ve never had this situation before Trump started acting like God when it comes to the country & the world. If we go to ear with N Korea it will not only be Trump’s fault, but ALL THE GOP CONGRESS WILL ALSO HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE BECAUSE THEY LET TRUMP CONTINUE IN OFFICE EVEN THOUGH HE WAS UNQUALIFIED & INEPT. He acts like s 3 year old bully who keeps picking on another bully with nuclear bombs. Trump needs to be OUT OF OFFICE. That would stop some of this idiotic rhetoric and N Korea would slow their proliferation so that negotiations could be done.

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  • Ticktock
    12/05/2017
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    I ask that you require Trump to request for an authorization for war with N. Korea from Congress and that Congress consider the consequences of yet another theater of conflict for the US military. If we do declare war we could create a self fulfilling prophecy, a nuclear strike on American soil. It doesn’t matter if it’s in Guam, Hawaii, Alaska or the mainland. Also, we should anticipate that the conflict will be joined by China and Russia. We will not be dealing with N. Korea but will be dealing with these two (2) other world power either directly or covertly. The consequences will be those that should be anticipated. The armed conflicts that the US is involved with now serve to weaken our military and country which is to the benefit of our adversaries. A war with N. Korea would be icing on the cake. It would be more damaging than Vietnam for the US and possibly destroy S. Korea and Japan. Would we come out of it stronger or safer.

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  • Jeanne
    12/05/2017
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    Citizens have doubts about the stability of the President. He is not a leader that should take the world into any type of nuclear discussions or actions.

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  • Steve
    12/05/2017
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    The rhetoric with North Korea has escalated and the only way it will be resolved is if China tells the Little Rocket Man to stand down. We can impose all the sanctions we want but China and other countries intervene with supplies eliminating the effect. The countries it will affect is South Korea and Japan with their proximity to North Korea. Little Rocket Man might target some US base or territory but it will be shot down. I would leave them alone, monitor them and enforce South Korea as well as Japan. Rely on their knowledge of North Korea and their suggestions on how to handle them. Our aggression MUST be initiated in response to defending ourselves!

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  • Mark
    12/05/2017
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    War with North Korea is unacceptable. Perhaps if our President didn’t spend every moment on twitter goading an unstable regime into war we wouldn’t be in this situation. Perhaps if the GOP were less focused on supporting a pedophile for senator and increasing the national debt by 1.5 trillion whilst giving a tax break to the wealthy and increasing the taxes of the poor and middle class we wouldn’t be in this situation. Donald J Trump is a clear and present danger to the United States and world stability. Obviously we cannot rely on the GOP to do the right thing.

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  • Mark
    12/05/2017
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    The longer we wait the harder it will be to de-nuke the peninsula..and the more damage he can do on his way out..stop dreaming and wake up!! Preemptive air and missile Strike followed by SK troop invasion and humanitarian suport for the people of NK.

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/05/2017
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    John Katko, you must stop feeding the military industrial complex. Isn’t there enough blood on your hands?

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  • Scott
    12/05/2017
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    What is the quarrel really? Everyone disarm. We are all on this planet together and are in the same boat. You don’t have to like everyone, but it doesn’t mean you can’t live and work together in harmony. This is not my potential war, this is political. Nobody should ever have to fight anyone because we as a world can drop our borders and walls; we can all live peacefully without fear of weapons, betrayal, or secrecy. I hope the world sees that we can all live harmoniously before it’s too late. When you go to work you don’t kill people you don’t like. You work with them. You don’t have to live with them at the end of the day, but you do have to live with yourself. Protect the innocent and don’t try to de-escalate, just do it. Ask each other, “What is your quarrel with us?” Then go from there. World unity and peace is the only way we all, as a biological species (the human race), truly prosper.

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  • Clay
    12/05/2017
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    My President needs to realize that these are not employees who's jobs he is removing in a inane TV show. This is hundreds of thousands of lives. Please stop the madness, no war!

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  • Michael
    12/05/2017
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    Do not go to war

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  • Karan
    12/05/2017
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    Why are you liberal idiots seriously blaming Trump for this?! It’s been going on since Bill Clinton!!! So Trump says a few demeaning things about North Korea and all of a sudden they are a bigger threat than they were under Obama? Unbelievable

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  • P
    12/05/2017
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    NeoCons always need an enemy! DPRK is not the "threat" that it is made out. Warmongers are an eminent threat to the people of our country as are the Corporate (slave) media that propagandize. Say no to war or acknowledge that your ideology is unpatriotic. China will not "help" unless we ignore this NON-threat. Wake Up Sheeple. Read your history or be doomed to repeat.

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  • Mike
    12/05/2017
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    Not being an expert in foreign policy, I would advise securing Chinese, or at least full UN, backing on this. I don't doubt that we can handle anything the rest of the world throws at us, but it would be nice to know we have China in on this. I doubt that this situation will be resolved except in the forge of atomic fire, but I don't want us to look back and say that there was something we could do that we didn't.

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  • Christopher
    12/05/2017
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    Do the words “We will bury you” resonate with anyone? This is not the Cuban Missile Crisis and we should not make it into one. Time will yield the results we seek, so don’t allow this despot draw us into another conflict with no end or benefit.

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  • Karen
    12/06/2017
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    Diplomacy and keep Mr Trump off of twitter please. Appalling.

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  • Chuck
    12/05/2017
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    Stop the madness of marching to war. There are no good results if military conflict is started Negotiations including a peace agreement even it maintains NK current nuclear capability in place is the best solution. Otherwise millions of casualties will occur

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