Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster chuckled about President Trump's new nickname "Rocket Man" for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, but added that we shouldn’t “laugh too much about” North Korea's nuclear threats.
“That’s a new one, I think, maybe for the President,” the national security advisor remarked. “But it reminds me of a cover of The Economist a few years ago portraying him as rocket man.”
“That's where the rockets are coming from.”
North Korea launched yet another ballistic missile over the Japanese island of Hokkaido on Friday just after the country threatened to turn the U.S. to "ash and darkness" as well as "sink" Japan.
McMaster doubled down on the rogue nation on Friday, stating at the White House that the time for "long, drawn out negotiations" is over.
"We've been kicking the can down the road and we're out of road," McMaster said at the White House on Friday. "There is a military option."
The national security advisor insisted the U.S. choke off resources in trade that let North Korea continue to prioritize its nuclear program.
"The continued pursuit of this nuclear capability makes him more and more vulnerable and makes him less and less secure," he assured.