On Wednesday Senator Lindsey Graham called for a preemptive strike on North Korea
(VERO BEACH, FL) Speaking during an interview with NBC News’ Today Show, the Senate Armed Services Committee member said he would support a preemptive strike on Kim Jong-un’s regime regardless of the potential negative effect for adjacent nations like China, South Korea, and Japan.
“Would you be for a preemptive strike?” Today Show host Willie Geist asked the South Carolina Republican. "If that's what it would take,” Graham replied resolutely.
"It would be terrible but the war would be over here (there), wouldn't be here," Graham continued. "It would be bad for the Korean Peninsula. It would be bad for China. It would be bad for Japan, be bad for South Korea. It would be the end of North Korea. But what it would not do is hit America and the only way it could ever come to America is with a missile."
Graham also mentioned that he had previously raised this issue with President Trump.
"I said, 'Do you want on your resume that during your presidency the North Koreans developed a missile that could hit the American homeland with a nuclear weapon on top of it?’,” Graham recalled, adding that President Trump replied at the time ‘absolutely not.’”
Graham said he recommended President Trump tell China that if Beijing doesn't stop North Korea from building a nuclear missile capable of hitting American soil, the U.S. "will do everything, including diplomatic sanctions and military strike to stop the missile program."
"Look at it this way. Do you really want North Korea to have a missile that can hit California with a nuclear weapon on top of it,” Graham said. “Twenty years ago, North Korea really didn't have any nuclear weapons. Every Republican and every Democrat has screwed up North Korea. They're close to getting a missile to hit the homeland. Now is the time to stop.”
Graham ended ominously, saying that the U.S. is "on a collision course" with North Korea.