The former Obama administration national security adviser added that discussion on how to act on North Korea has turned to considering "pre-emptive war," saying such a decision would be "catastrophic."
"What I worry about is this discussion and preparation potentially for what the administration called preventive war or pre-emptive war, Rice said. "Pre-emptive war, if one was thinking of executing that, would be catastrophic for the Korean peninsula, the over 200,000 Americans that reside there, the 26 million people of Seoul, and for the global economy, a direct confrontation with China and a conflict that could go to the extreme of being nuclear."
"So a pre-emptive attack is not a good idea," she concluded.
Susan Rice: I think Kim Jong Un knows if he started a war with the United States, it would be the end of his country https://t.co/AfRaMXhq0V— CNN (@CNN) August 10, 2017
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice says preemptive war with North Korea would be “catastrophic” https://t.co/JE13hChHF4— CNN (@CNN) August 10, 2017
But the tensions reached a new high on Tuesday after it was reported that North Korea had developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of being attached to a missile.Trump responded to that development, telling reporters at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club that if Pyongyang's threats against the U.S. continued, North Korea would "be met with fire and fury ... like the world has never seen."
The president's inflammatory rhetoric quickly prompted a response from North Korea's military, which said that it was considering a pre-emptive strike on Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific that hosts about 6,000 American troops in addition to thousands of civilians.
North Korea on Wednesday escalated already-heightened tensions, warning that a plan to attack waters near Guam will be in place by mid-August and that Trump understands "only absolute force."