House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanDems, not trusting Trump, want permanent ObamaCare fix Kudlow: Trump's tax plan 'a home run' Samantha Bee roasts Trump at mock correspondents' dinner MORE (R-Wis.) said Wednesday that the United States can't rule out using military force against North Korea, Reuters reported.
But Ryan also said that the U.S. should refrain from such action unless absolutely necessary, arguing that the country should not aim for a military solution to growing tensions in the region.
"We don't want to have military options employed, but we must keep all options on the table," Ryan said during a trip to the United Kingdom.
North Korea condemned the supposed U.S. naval movement and threatened a nuclear strike if provoked. The country also warned that it could annihilate U.S. military installations in South Korea.
An attempted North Korean missile test Sunday failed almost immediately after it was initiated, with the missile blowing up shortly after lift off.
Ryan's call to leave military options on the table echoes top Trump administration officials, including Vice President Pence, who warned Wednesday that the U.S. was prepared to respond to any use of force.
"The United States of America will always seek peace. But under President Trump, the shield stands guard and the sword stands ready," Pence said during a trip to Japan.