The United States needs to move “with a great deal of urgency” in response to North Korea’s increasingly aggressive nuclear missile buildup, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” McMaster said all options are on the table to thwart any nuclear strike threat to the United States from Pyongyang.
”We really have to move with a great deal of urgency, on sanctions, on diplomacy and on preparing if necessary, a military option,” McMaster said.
In a separate interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” he also defended President Donald Trump’s derisive nickname for North Korea leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man.”
“That is where the rockets and missiles are coming from, is North Korea,” he said.
McMaster also said the Trump administration is “looking at” a larger, tougher travel ban — something Trump suggested in the wake of the London bucket-bomb terrorist attack.
“If you can’t screen people effectively to know who’s coming into your country, then you shouldn’t allow people from that country to travel,” he said. “This is something that we are looking at.””
On the issue of Trump’s visit to the United Nations this week, McMaster also defended Trump’s former criticism of the body as “not a friend” to America.
“It will be part of his message that the United Nations needs to reform,” he said, adding that “parts of the U.N. have not been” a friend to America… “so what’s important is to focus on reform.”