US: War would be ‘horrific’ but NKorea nukes ‘unimaginable’

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US: War would be ‘horrific’ but NKorea nukes ‘unimaginable’
US: War would be ‘horrific’ but NKorea nukes ‘unimaginable’

BEIJING (AP) – The top U.S. military officer says a military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable.”

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, told reporters Thursday while in Beijing that President Donald Trump directly has “told us to develop credible viable military options and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

Dunford was responding to questions about Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon’s comments in an interview published Wednesday.

Bannon was quoted as saying there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.”

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks to reporters at the Hyatt in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks to reporters at the Hyatt in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a press conference marking his first 100 days in office at the presidential house in Seoul Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, President Moon said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. (Jung Yeon-Je/Pool Photo via AP)
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, shakes hands with China’s Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong, at the Bayi Building in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during a press conference marking his first 100 days in office at the presidential house in Seoul Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, President Moon said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. (Jung Yeon-Je/Pool Photo via AP)
South Korean marines walk by a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s press conference, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People watch a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s press conference, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, Moon said he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. The signs read: “Press conference to mark the 100th day since his inauguration.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People watch a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s press conference, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, Moon said he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. The signs read: “Press conference to mark the 100th day since his inauguration.” (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean marines walk by a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s press conference, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
People watch a TV screen showing the live broadcast of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s press conference, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, President Moon said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. The signs read” Keep the principle “. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
FILE – In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. Bannon says there’s no military solution to North Korea’s threats and says the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, center, poses for a photo with Chinese Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Fan Changlong during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (Wang Zhao/Pool Photo via AP)
U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, meets with the Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission Gen. Fan Chanlong at the Bayi Building in Beijing, China, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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