"The Pentagon is trying to find options that would allow them to punch the North Koreans in the nose, get their attention and show that we're serious", a former USA security official briefed on policy told The Telegraph.
The US was "unreasonably accusing the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] without any forensic evidence", a spokesman for North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted as saying by the country's KCNA new agency.
Apparently ignoring months of analyst warnings that there is no way to have a "limited" war with North Korea, the White House envisions a quick, damaging attack, potentially destroying North Korea's missile test site, and some stockpiles, which would, according to officials, show how "serious" President Trump is. Diplomatic efforts to quell the threats and denuclearize North Korea have failed to move the needle on the situation's urgency.
"The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible", Tom Bossert, Homeland Security adviser to the current administration, wrote in an article published on Monday, Dec. 18.
The ICBM was launched from Sain Ni and traveled more than 600 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan, within Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The BBC reported that, based on its trajectory, the missile could have traveled more than 8,000 miles, which means it could reach "any part of the continental United States".
THE US is stepping up plans to thwart North Korea's nuke plans with a "bloody nose" strike, it is claimed.
North Korea tested a nuclear weapon in September, its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test. Short of blowing up a launch site, where launch officers may die and Kim Jong Un himself usually watches nearby, the U.S. could attempt to intercept North Korea's next missile launch.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis recently said that although North Korea's last ballistic missile test demonstrated a very long range, he's not convinced the entire missile system works yet. The North was also suspected of involvement in a cyberattack on Sony's United States subsidiary 3 years ago.