The United States “must remain ready for multiple contingencies” regarding North Korea, despite ongoing diplomatic efforts to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons programme, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), said in a written statement to the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 14 March.
“While we remain hopeful for a peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, after two summits between [US] President [Donald] Trump and [North Korean leader] Kim Jong-un, it is clear that we must remain ready for multiple contingencies,” said the JCS chairman.
“We are still dealing with a country that has nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that threaten our allies in the region and our homeland.
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