In the eventuality of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un making more provocations, U.S. President Donald Trump would lead U.S. to war with the rogue nation, predicted U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.
Trump has been a recent friend for Graham who was earlier a foe of the U.S. President. He has been spending quite some time with Trump during golfing at Palm Beach last weekend and at the White House this month.
And hence it is believed that Trump’s mindset on North Korea is quite clear to him.
‘It comes up all the time,’ he told The Atlantic.
With respect to North Korea, Graham told the publication that “we’re not to the tipping point yet”.
“If they test another [nuclear] weapon, then all bets are off,” he said.
“War with North Korea is an all-out war against the regime,” he said. “There is no surgical strike option. Their program is too redundant, it’s too hardened, and you gotta assume the worst, not the best. So if you ever use the military option, it’s not to just neutralize their nuclear facilities—you gotta be willing to take the regime completely down.”
The funding process of a mutually desired military build-up through a long-term spending deal is being worked out by Trump and Graham which is also a member of the Senate’s Budget, Appropriations and Armed Services Committees.
Repealing of a budgetary control cap and more subs, soldiers and military aircraft have been demanded by Trump.
“We need our military. It’s got to be perfecto,” Trump on Tuesday said.
“’It approves missile defense capabilities as we continue our campaign to create maximum pressure on the vile dictatorship in North Korea,” Trump said referring to North Korea.
“We’re working very diligently on that — building up forces. We’ll see how it all turns out. It’s a very bad situation — a situation that should have been handled long ago by other administrations,” he stated.
Warnings that ‘time is running out’ with respect to North Korea, have been issued by Graham. Despite the international sanctions, North Korea has been pursuing its strategy of testing out ballistic missile and nuclear arsenal.
“I don’t know how to say it any more direct: If nothing changes, Trump’s gonna have to use the military option, because time is running out,” Graham told the media in the interview.
U.S. does not consider North Korea to be an imminent threat, said Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday.
“It has not yet shown to be a capable threat against us right now,” Mattis said.
When the conditions are right, the U.S. can even engage in diplomatic negotiation, the Trump administration has said.
A conversation ‘without a whole lot of preconditions’ should be entertained by the U.S. government, Graham told during the newspaper interview.
“I’m not taking anything off the table to avoid a war,” he said. “When they write the history of the times, I don’t want them to say, “Hey, Lindsey Graham wouldn’t even talk to the guy.”