National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said a failed early morning missile test from North Korea "fits into a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime."
McMaster, appearing Sunday on ABC’s "This Week," said the United States was building an international coalition to pressure the North Koreans.
"And I think there’s an international consensus now, including — including the Chinese and the Chinese leadership — that this is a situation that just can’t continue," McMaster said. "And the president has made clear that he will not accept the United States and its allies and partners in the region being under threat from this hostile regime with nuclear weapons."
It’s unclear if the United States played any role in the failure of the missile launch, which "This Week" host Martha Raddatz said was a medium-range ballistic missile. Under President Barack Obama’s administration, the United States began launching cyberattacks aimed at North Korea’s missile program, leading to a high failure rate, the New York Times reported last month.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland said she couldn’t reveal whether or not the United States played any role in potentially sabotaging the missile, but noted the failure "didn’t come as any surprise to us" because North Korean launches often misfire or fail.
McMaster also said that "Chinese leadership" would be essential to confronting North Korea, particularly since so much of North Korea’s economy is dependent on trade with China.
"In the coming weeks, months," McMaster told Martha Raddatz, "I think there’s a great opportunity for all of us — all of us who are really the threat now of this unpredictable regime —to take action short of armed conflict, so we can avoid the worst."