“We’re exploring a new range of diplomatic, security and economic measures. All options are on the table,” he said.
He also appeared to reject the idea of a negotiated freeze in the current North Korean weapons program.
"In terms of talking about any kind of a freeze, I think it’s premature for that,” he said. “At this stage, I’m not sure we would be willing to freeze with the circumstances where they exist today, given that would leave North Korea with significant capabilities that would represent a true threat not just to the region but to American forces, as well.
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