Sen. John McCain warned that North Korea’s aggressive acts could lead to the “extinction” of the country. The Arizona senator called for an extended American presence in South Korea to intimidate the North’s leader Kim Jong Un.
White House should make sure that “Kim Jong Un knows that if he acts in an aggressive fashion, the price will be extinction,” McCain said in a recent interview. The Republican Senator thinks that the best defense is a good offense when it comes to North Korea.
McCain pushes for an increase of American defense capabilities in the Korean Peninsula, which could prompt China to put more pressure on Pyongyang. McCain made the comments during his first public appearance since being diagnosed with brain cancer this summer.
North Korea’s Threats Should Be ‘Seriously Considered’
McCain underlined that North Korea threatened to redeploy nuclear weapons just a few days ago. He thinks that the threat should be “seriously considered.” He believes that Beijing could do more to stop North Korea. What’s more, the U.S. could pressure China through economic sanctions.
McCain thinks something has to change, and the Chinese should be made aware that the U.S. may consider severing trade ties even if that will hurt the U.S. economy.
Pyongyang announced that its most powerful nuclear weapon had been successfully tested. Meanwhile, the North resumed its ballistic missile tests despite the U.S. and South Korea’s warnings.
In August, President Trump threatened to unleash “fire and fury” on the rogue state if it continued the tests.
McCain blasted Trump for failing to hike defense spending after reaching a deal with Democrats to pair a disaster relief package with a short-term spending bill. The lawmaker thinks that the deal is “devastating” to America’s national defense.
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