Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, on April 17 said, “If North Korea tries a third nuclear test, we’ll consider all possible measures, including a surgical strike on North Korea’s nuclear test site.”
He said this during a news conference with South Korean reporters from the Ministry of National Defense press corps at the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) in Yongsan, central Seoul.
He explained on April 15 that regarding the brand-new ICBM-class missile unveiled on April 15 by the North, “I’m not sure whether it is a functional missile or just a replica,” and “what’s apparent is that Washington and its allies including South Korea will work together to continue to carefully monitor the missile’s capabilities and development trends.”
“Considering the North’s aspects of provocations, we have so many ways to deal with them that the U.S. is preparing diverse channels and ways with South Korea to be able to cooperate each other,” Adm. Locklear said. “Washington will continue maintaining U.S. military presence in the South at 28,500 troops.”
Ministry of National Defense[MND], Republic of Korea