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Kinzinger: U.S. Needs Strong Military on NKorea to Make Diplomacy Work

By    |   Friday, 08 Sep 2017 03:23 PM

Having a real military option is what makes diplomacy work, and the United States must boost its ability to intercept intercontinental missiles and other weapons, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Friday, noting officials are concerned that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may attempt another ICBM test Saturday.

"We think tomorrow may be a day where they decide to have some new intercontinental ballistic missile because it's one of the thousand holidays in North Korea where they put a unicorn into heaven or something," the Illinois Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer. "Basically what it comes down to, the North Koreans have the technology together and what they need to perfect, which they will at some point, is technology."

The U.S., thanks to late President Ronald Reagan, started developing intercept methods in the 1980s and now has a "decent ability to do it," but still needs to have an "incredible military option," said Kinzinger. "Diplomacy doesn't work without a credible military option backing it up. I give a lot of credit to the administration for being clear that that is on the table. The hope is that diplomacy works."

North Korea does not yet have the technology to keep its missiles from losing control and burning up as they come back through the atmosphere, but it does seem to have the ability to develop it, said Kinzinger.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump commented that "military action would certainly be an option," against North Korea, but added that it would be "great if something else could be worked out," and Kinzinger said that means to him the president understands the threat.

"It says we have a president that understands, as President Barack Obama told him when they were in his transition to the Oval Office, that this is the challenge of our generation, this is the challenge of the presidency even beyond terrorism," said Kinzinger. "We cannot allow the North Koreans to have its new weapon."

There are people taking issue with Trump's language, Kinzinger said, but he believes that for the first time, someone is talking tough and saying the U.S. is willing to use its military to ensure its security and that of its allies.

"We hope we don't have to, but rest assured we will if we need to," said Kinzinger.  That's what makes diplomacy way more likely to happen, because I can see there's an alternative on the table."

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Having a real military option is what makes diplomacy work, and the United States must boost its ability to intercept intercontinental missiles and other weapons, Rep. Adam Kinzinger said Friday, noting officials are concerned that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may...
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