At the time of the summit between Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, American officials said on several occasions that "all options" were being considered for responding to North Korea, and the Japanese took this to mean that a "preemptive strike" on North Korea was among the military options available if signs are detected that the North is preparing to test launch an ICBM, the newspaper also said.
North Korea on Thursday warned that it will respond with "merciless military counter-action" to the annual joint military exercises that South Korea and the U.S. are conducting on the Korean peninsula. Also, President Donald Trump must continue his work with Congress and request increased defense spending to include more ships for the U.S. Navy, which must rapidly redeploy Aegis guided missile cruisers to America's most vulnerable areas.
3 Number of years ago when then US President Barack Obama ordered Pentagon officials to step up cyber and electronic strikes against N. Korea's missile programme. It's true that North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile and the killing of Kim Jong-nam with the VX nerve agent have contributed to a hawkish attitude toward the North. Over the past eight months, Pyongyang has launched three medium-range rockets and have aimed to create an intercontinental ballistic missile.
North Korea's threats remain so unsafe that when Obama left office he warned Trump that this would likely be the most urgent problem he'd face, the Times said. He could open negotiations with North Korea to freeze its nuclear and missile programmes, but that would leave a looming threat in place. In a Twitter post after Mr Kim first issued his warning on New Year's Day, the President wrote: "It won't happen!" He could press the Chinese to cut off trade and support, but Beijing has always stopped short of steps that could lead to the regime's collapse.
Days later, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pledged that Washington would use the full range of its arsenal, including nuclear weapons, to defend allies Japan and South Korea against North Korea.
So the Obama administration searched for a better way to destroy missiles.