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Sen. Ron Johnson: Few 'Good Options' Left on North Korea

MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Apr 2017 03:26 PM

Very few "good options" exist when it comes to dealing with North Korea, Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday.

"One thing people aren't talking about is what we really need to do in terms of hardening our own defense," Johnson said. "I know they're a way away from ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] capabilities but may not be that far away from satellite possibilities. So, this is something we must deal with. Let's start with the Chinese and see what the results are this weekend."

Johnson said the solution might be to give China the option to change North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime to one it likes, "or we're going to do it for you." 

"There's peril no matter what we do," Johnson said. "What we can start doing is offering asylum to members of that regime. We need to put sanctions on individuals in that regime so it really is in the end about regime change. What we're seeing in North Korea is what happens when you get somebody like [Moammar] Gadhafi to give up his nuclear weapons and then you go in there and destroy him. There's some real consequences to previous actions."

And if China will not push for change, the United States can impose sanctions, among other actions, but "there aren't very many good options whatsoever," Johnson said.

The issues with North Korea, though, have been going on for decades, and nothing has been done about it.

"Take a look at what has happened in the past where regimes have given up their nuclear weapons," Johnson said. "Ukraine has been invaded, Gadhafi is dead, so what is the lesson that Iran and North Korea learned from that? We understand these things have consequences. Previous actions. There are no good solutions, I understand that, but this is about as good as we can do right now because military action is pretty unappealing."

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