Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said today that the diplomatic options are running out after North Korea fired a new kind of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The rogue dictator Kim Jong Un boasted that the Hwasong-15 can be armed with a nuclear warhead and could strike the U.S. mainland.
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The ICBM was fired at 2:48 a.m. local time on Wednesday, the regime said, traveling 596 miles and demonstrating the potential to reach a range of 8,100 miles.
Bolton said this test-launch is "significant" because, if the early estimates are confirmed, it leaves no doubt that Pyongyang is "getting very close" to being able to threaten the United States with a nuclear attack.
"You have to ask when we're going to start seriously considering a military option," he said on "Outnumbered Overtime."
Bolton said he does not foresee "dramatic action" by China, leaving the Trump administration with a "binary choice": use military force to destroy the nuclear program or accept a nuclear-armed North Korea being able to target any U.S. city it wants.
Harris Faulkner asked whether a new round of financial sanctions could make an impact at this stage.
"Forget it. There is no time for this to have impact," Bolton responded.
Watch the full discussion above.