Donald Trump, North Korea’s dictator, has long had a history of flouting the United Nations and its sanctions.
The U.S. president has repeatedly said he wants to engage with the communist country, but the two leaders have been locked in a standoff that has cost the lives of more than 60,000 people in recent years.
Now that tensions are at a breaking point, there are growing concerns that Trump and North Korea could have to use force if tensions remain elevated.
A White House official told Axios that Trump is considering military options if the North Koreans continue their nuclear weapons program.
The official said Trump would be looking to the U.N. Security Council to provide a mechanism to bring the nuclear crisis to an end.
Trump is expected to ask for military action if the nuclear program continues, Axios reported.
“We’re looking at a plan that includes military options, and we’re also talking to the Russians and the Chinese about it,” the official said.
“The Russians and Chinese are in a position to provide that kind of support.”
Trump’s approach to the crisis has led to questions about whether he is prepared to use U.A.E. military action to force Kim Jong-un out of power.
In July, Trump said he would not launch a preemptive strike on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons testing, saying he was more interested in preventing North Korea from becoming a “nuclear weapon state.”
He told reporters after the speech that the United States had been waiting for Kim Jong Il’s death and would not go after him.
But that was a “mistake,” Trump said.