Newly minted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke to reporters on Friday while visiting South Korea, said that the military option was “on the table” if the U.S. felt North Korea’s missile program, specifically their nuclear intentions, required it.
Also on Friday, President Trump jumped on his Twitter account to chastise North Korea saying, “North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been “playing” the United States for years.” He then went on reprimand China stating, “China has done little to help!”
I reached out to Kevin Baron, the Executive Editor for Defense One and NBC News National Security Analyst, and I asked him his thoughts on the latest statements by Tillerson regarding the increasing tensions within the region.
Kevin said, “”Look, don’t let Tillerson’s tough talk fool you. The U.S. has always maintained a policy of ‘all options’ being on the table, and nothing about that changed with his chest thumping. President Obama already had moved additional troops, fighters, THAAD (ballistic missile defense), ships, even Marines into the Pacific. The only thing that has changed is Trump’s team likes to sound tougher than previous administrations. But sounding tough doesn’t mean much when your hands are tied by realities.”