Speaking on Fox News on Monday,.. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would like to see Pyeongyang choose peace and not confrontation,.. amid expectations North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might announce a new policy toward the U.S. in his upcoming New Year's address.
According to Pompeo, Washington is watching developments in Pyeongyang very closely, adding the Trump administration's view remains that North Korea's best course of action is to create a better opportunity for the people of North Korea by abandoning its nuclear weapons.
Asked whether the U.S. may have to change its North Korea strategy, Pompeo says they're always thinking about whether or not they have the right approach, but will continue on the current path for now.
Pompeo seems to have taken a softer approach than U.S. National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien on North Korea's threat of further provocations.
O'Brien told ABC News a day earlier that the U.S. has many "tools in its toolkit" to respond to any major provocation and will use them to demonstrate its disappointment.
Meanwhile,.. according to aviation tracker Aircraft Spots, the U.S. flew yet another surveillance aircraft over the Korean Peninsula on Monday amid concerns Pyeongyang could launch a long-range missile.
The tracker revealed the U.S. RC-135W Rivet Joint jet flew over South Korea at an altitude of 31-thousand feet.
It remains to be seen if the lack of a new proposal from the U.S. ahead of the regime's self-imposed year-end deadline for more flexibility from Washington will cause the North to lash out in frustration.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.