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Graham: Time for 'New Approach' on NKorea

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 01:23 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham doubled-down on his assessment of North Korea, saying the "military option" should be the last option, but that a "new approach" is needed.

The bottom line, Graham told CNN, is that, "no president can allow this guy, Kim Jong Un, to get a missile to hit America with a nuclear weapon on top. That would be incredibly irresponsible."

"For 20 years, we have threatened the North Koreans, we have sanctioned them, we sent Madeleine Albright to dance with Kim Jong Il, the father of the current leader. Nothing's worked. The garbage is piling up," Graham said.

"President Trump has drawn a red line when it comes to North Korea. He has said very directly to me and others and publicly he will not allow them to get an ICBM that would be nuclear-tipped to hit the American homeland. He would use military force to stop it. That's where we are headed if they don't stop."

Graham said essentially the same thing Tuesday, saying war with North Korea is "inevitable" if the country presses forward with its efforts to hit the U.S. with nukes, comments that drew scorn from Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a former general.

"It's their kind of thinking that has gotten us here, that allows North Korea to have dozens of nuclear weapons, not just one," Graham said. "They're going to have dozens of missiles if somebody doesn't stop them. They will have a hydrogen bomb one day if somebody doesn't stop them."

Time for a new approach, Graham said.

"If we have to choose between an ICBM in the hands of the North Koreans and a conflict in the region, we're going to choose the conflict to protect the American homeland," he explained. "Quite frankly, President Trump has no other choice. Everybody before him has failed.

"Let's do everything short of war that we can. The military option should be the last option," Graham said.

"The only thing that will work is if they believe this president will use military force to protect America. If they believe that, I think will get a different outcome. It's up to President Trump to deliver a very firm, unequivocal message to North Korea and China," Graham said.

The South Carolina Republican also said it's time for China to feel some pain in dealing with North Korea.

"I want to create two bad options for China. One option China has is to deal with this nut on their border, which is unpleasant," Graham said. "The other option is to deal with a massive U.S. attack to protect the American homeland, which would be even more unpleasant.

"They need to have bad options, not just us."

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