US Declines to Comment on Possible Military Action on N. Korea

Write : 2016-09-23 08:28:15 Update : 2016-09-23 08:52:40

US Declines to Comment on Possible Military Action on N. Korea

The White House has neither denied nor confirmed the possibilities of U.S. airstrikes on North Korea.

[Sound bite: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest]
"Just in general, not specifically to North Korea, as an operational matter we're not going to discuss any preemptive military actions in advance."

In a regular news briefing on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest refused to address rising speculations of possible military action against North Korea following the regime's fifth nuclear test and a rocket engine experiment this month.

[Sound bite: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest]
"What President Obama has said with regard to North Korea, is that the international community needs to consider what additional steps we can take to further isolate the North Koreans, particularly in the aftermath of their latest nuclear tests." 

While noting that related discussions are ongoing at the UN Security Council, the spokesman said the U.S. government is taking the North Korea situation very seriously.

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