President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said North Korea must accept inspections of its nuclear facilities and declare it’s willing to give up its atomic weapons before the U.S. will negotiate with its government.
National Security Council Director H.R. McMaster also said the Trump administration has gamed out “four to five” scenarios in which the North Korea nuclear threat is resolved. “Some are uglier than others,” he said in a speech hosted by the Institute for the Study of War.
North Korea’s government claimed on Monday that Trump had essentially declared war in a belligerent speech to the United Nations General Assembly last week in which he disparaged the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as “Rocket Man.” Kim’s government said it had the right to shoot down U.S. warplanes flying in international airspace as a result.
“What we hope to do is avoid war, but we cannot discount that possibility,” McMaster said. He said …