On Tuesday, North Korea successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time according to Fox News.
The ballistic missile flew longer than any missile test conducted by North Korea thus far, creating the fear that the rogue dictatorship may now possess the ability to strike Alaska or possibly the west coast of the United States’ mainland.
On Wednesday night, The Five debated the potential steps the U.S. and its allies are exploring to confront the threat from Kim Jong Un‘s regime.
Host Jesse Watters said that there are many possible options including sanctions but believes that “kicking the can down the road” is not a viable option, leaving only a couple of drastic choices.
“The only legitimate option is an assassination attempt or a coup,” according to Watters. “The intelligence agencies of Russia, South Korea, Japan and China and the United States, they need to start collaborating and get some spies in there and an assassination network or cell in there and to take preemptive action that way. Because I think a decapitation strategy is the best strategy.”
North Korea has had a number of reported botched missile launch attempts in recent months. But Tuesday’s missile reportedly flew for 37 minutes and reached a height of 1,500 miles, leading missile experts to conclude it could have reached a target up to 4,000 miles away, including Alaska, according to Fox News.
The U.S. has reportedly requested a closed-door meeting with the United Nations Security Council to discuss potential ramifications from the missile launch.
“The threat is much more immediate now,” National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters prior to the launch. “So it’s clear we can’t repeat the same failed approach of the past.”
He added: “So the president has directed us not to do that, and to prepare a range of options — including a military option, which nobody wants to take, right?”
Watch above, via Fox News.
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