U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told journalists in Seoul, South Korea on Friday that a United States military response is “on the table” if Kim Jong-un takes any action which threatens South Korean or American personnel.
“Certainly, we do not want things to get to a military conflict,” said Tillerson. “Obviously if North Korea takes actions that threatens the South Korean forces or our own forces, then that would be met with an appropriate response.”
The remarks came one day after Tillerson spoke incisively in Tokyo about the recklessness of North Korea’s new alleged nuclear-bomb test scheduled for 2017, which some experts believe could rupture the entire land-mass of Korea and create a lethal radiation hazard.
However, the Secretary did take strike a peaceful tone toward the rest of the world, adding “as time goes by, there will be fewer military conflicts that the U.S. will be directly engaged in.”