April 14, 2017 / 12:56 AM / 2 years ago

Pentagon declines comment on NBC story on North Korea

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un observes a target-striking contest by the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this undated photo, released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), April 13, 2017. REUTERS/KCNA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Thursday declined to comment on an NBC report about possible pre-emptive action against North Korea, saying, as a policy, it does not discuss future operations “nor publicly speculate on possible scenarios.”

“Commanders are always considering a full range of options to protect against any contingencies,” Dana White, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in a statement. Reuters had queried the Pentagon about the report.

“Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of potential threats, remains steadfast.”

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler

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