On Saturday, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster spoke with Fox News's Bret Baier at the Reagan National Security Forum and identified the No. 1 threat to America's national security.
“The greatest immediate threat to the United States and the world is the threat posed by the rogue regime in North Korea and [Kim Jong Un's] continued efforts to develop a long-range nuclear capability,” McMaster stated.
He added that it's important for the U.S. and the international community to work together to convince the North Korean leader that pursuing nuclear capabilities is a “dead end” for both him and his regime.
The series of successful tests and the potential reach of the recent launch caused Hawaii to reactivate a warning system that hasn't been used since the Cold War. However, McMaster claimed it isn't only his successes that should cause concern to the U.S., but his failures as well.
“What is clear is that every time he conducts a missile launch, a nuclear test, he gets better,” McMaster told Baier, “Whether it's a success or failure isn't as important as understanding that over the years he's been learning from failures, improving, and thereby increasing his threat to all of us.”
The national security advisor reiterated that the North Korean threat is “increasing every day” and explained that we're “in a race to be able to solve this problem.” A problem, which he claimed has solutions other than armed conflict, but added, “there's not much time left.”
He pointed to China's “coercive economic power” over North Korea as a nonviolent solution, specifically in regard to fuel, because “you can't shoot a missile without fuel.”
McMaster noted that the U.S. isn't asking China to do “us or anybody else a favor” by helping denuclearize North Korea, but instead is “asking China to act in China's interest,” which they believe is becoming more urgent.
The national security advisor added that Kim isn't going to have a “Grinch moment” in which his heart grows three sizes and he changes his behavior, so the world needs to take action while there is still time to take action.
Watch below, via Fox News.