US Secretary of State has warned on Friday, that military action would be "on the table" if North Korea elevated the threat level. US is not ruling out, that nuclear weapons may be deployed to "contain North Korea’s nuclear threat".
"Nothing has been taken off the table," the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said in the interview with Fox News.
Tillerson said during his visit to the demilitarized zone on the border between two Koreas, that "The policy of strategic patience has ended," at a press conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. He said that any North Korean actions that threatened the South would be met with "an appropriate response."
"If they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, that option is on the table," Tillerson said when asked about military action.
At the same time The United States and South Korea are conducting their largest-ever military exercises on the Korean peninsula. War games started one week after the White House announced that it was considering military action against North Korea to bring about regime change. The US-led exercises involve:
• 300,000 South Korea troops
• 17,000 US troops
• The supercarrier USS Carl Vinson
• US F-35B and F-22 stealth fighters
• US B-18 and B-52 bombers
• South Korean F-15s and KF-16s jetfighters.
"While the United States labels the drills as “purely defensive” the nomenclature is misleading. The exercises are not defensive in the sense of practicing to repel a possible North Korean invasion and to push North Korean forces back across the 38th parallel in the event of a North Korean attack, but envisage an invasion of North Korea in order to incapacitate its nuclear weapons, destroy its military command, and assassinate its leader", wrote Stephen Gowans on march 13.
DONi News Agency