SEOUL, South Korea: The United States will meet its security commitments to South Korea and is ready to deal with any hostility from North Korea, said the leader of the U.S. Strategic Command.
“We are very familiar with North Korea’s capabilities and I am very confident in our ability to deter it,” the adm said. Charles Richard, commander of Stratcom.
“I am fully confident that we are prepared for whatever they may decide to do,” he added.
The U.S. Strategic Command, located at the base of the Offutt Air Force near Omaha, Nebraska, maintains command of the U.S. Intercontinental Strategic Bomber, Submarine, and Ballistic Missile.
While acknowledging North Korea’s growing threat, Richard said a diplomatic solution remains the preferred option.
“This situation is poised for a diplomatic resolution,” he said. “The best way to resolve issues with North Korea is to first use diplomacy.”
However, North Korea continues to develop its missile and nuclear programs. A recent UN expert group said North Korea “has increased its nuclear attack capability as well as its ability to counter foreign missile defense systems, while protecting itself with its own new air defense system “.
Recent analysis of satellite imagery has concluded that North Korea may be preparing to test a ballistic missile launched by submarines.
In addition, Richards recently wrote about North Korea: “It continues to conduct activities that threaten regional stability and defy international standards. North Korea has tested ICBMs designed to attack the entire continental United States and has a large inventory of ballistic missiles. theatrical, ”he wrote.