Admiral Harry Harris, the head of the US Pacific Command, reportedly told a US Senate hearing on Thursday that the US doesn’t have a “bloody nose” strategy for a possible preventive strike against North Korea, insisting that such a move “is not contemplated.”
Harris noted, at the same time, that the US is preparing to wage a full-scale war on the Korean peninsula if a conflict breaks out.
“We have no bloody nose strategy,” Reuters quoted Harris as saying when asked by a member of the US Senate Armed Services Committee if such a strike option was being considered. “I believe that if we do anything along the kinetic region of the spectrum of conflict, that we have to be ready to do the whole thing.”
Harris was addressing earlier speculation that the US was weighing whether to carry out a limited strike against North Korean missile or other military facilities to convince Pyongyang to halt its nuclear weapons program.