A national defense analyst says the United States has reached a "crisis stage" with North Korea after previous presidents failed to take action.
Some experts believe North Korea is shaping up to be President Donald Trump's biggest foreign policy challenge, especially after the reclusive regime is developing long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the western United States.
North Korea has fired off four missiles in recent weeks, escalating tensions in the region, and intelligence analysts have said those tests amounted to a practice drill for hitting a U.S. Marine base in Japan, CBN News reported.
The word "crisis" is sprinkled in recent headlines partly because the saber-rattling regime can arm its ICBMs with nuclear weapons, using such a capability to threaten its Asian neighbors and the United States.
"We're at crisis stage," agrees Bob Maginnis of the Family Research Council, "because I'm not sure that sanctions are going to work and we're going to have to look at some military options."
South Korea is being protected with U.S. weaponry known as THAAD, a missile defense system, a new move that angered China.
Known for its horrible human rights abuses, North Korea is led by Kim Jong Un, who is known for executing troublemakers - including his own family members - who wield power in the repressive government.
"We'll see how his national security team begins to address this. If they do what the Clintons the Bushes and Obamas did they'll kick the can and that's the easy thing to do.
"But pushing off a rogue and very serious threat to future generations is going to come with a high price," Maginnis predicts.