President Donald Trump is preparing increasingly aggressive options against North Korea, including cyber attacks and increased intelligence operations, as the Stalinist state continues to develop nuclear weapons according to NBC News.
The Trump administration is readying a package of diplomatic and military moves against North Korea following the nation's sixth and largest nuclear test, including cyberattacks and increased surveillance and intelligence operations, according to senior White House and Pentagon officials. The U.S. may also propose a U.N. Security Council resolution mandating the inspection of ships arriving or leaving the reclusive state, said the officials. The expanded inspections would target vessels carrying missile parts and technology that North Korea exports as well as materials the country imports, a senior administration official said.
The President, long critical of what he sees as China's inaction on the Korean peninsula is also mulling sanctions that could harm Chinese banks. Such a move however could cause a dangerous escalation of with China, the premiere power in Asia, other than the U.S.
Trump is also seriously considering adopting diplomatically risky sanctions on Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang and upgrading missile defense systems in the region, administration officials said.