As tensions mount with North Korea over the country's nuclear program, Charles Krauthammer says the Trump administration has three possible objectives: overthrowing the regime of dictator Kim Jong Un, abolishing the nuclear program or freezing it.

On "Special Report" tonight, Krauthammer pointed out that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in an interview with Bret Baier, "dodged" a question about how the Trump administration's current policy resembles the Obama administration's stance of "strategic patience."

Tillerson said that the Trump administration is not seeking a regime change or a total collapse of the North Korean government but instead demanding Pyongyang denuclearize.

"They seem, at least in the short term, to have decided that a freeze of the program is enough," Krauthammer said, adding that begs the question: "Is that enough?"

He said short of going to war, it's unlikely that the U.S. could get any greater concessions from North Korea other than a halt to any missile or nuclear tests. He noted that would require China to cooperate with the U.S. and to use sanctions and diplomacy to try and pressure Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.

"If they can't test the missiles and they can't test the nukes, it's not operational," Krauthammer said. "It is a way to kick the can, but it does stop the program."

He also addressed Tillerson's suggestion that they could eventually abolish the program by offering to bring North Korea in to the community nations and make them economically strong.

"That is not going to work. The North Koreans are not interested in that," Krauthammer said. "They like - at least the regime likes - their system. So I think that seems to be their policy for now: You freeze the program, and you get the Chinese to back you."

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