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Sen. Cruz: NK Test 'Serious Escalation' to 'Commit Mass Murder'

(ABC's "This Week")

By    |   Sunday, 03 September 2017 10:46 AM

Calling North Korea "the most dangerous place on the face of the planet" and dictator Kim Jung Un "a radical," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday's latest nuclear weapons test "is a serious escalation in their ability to commit mass acts of murder."


"This step, if it is right that they have now developed a hydrogen bomb, is a serious escalation in their ability to commit mass acts of murder," Sen. Cruz told ABC's "This Week" with host Martha Raddatz. "And it is going to call for further serious steps to prevent North Korea from using those weapons."

Cruz added "no rational person wants to see a military conflict with North Korea," but Kim is leveraging that fear in bolstering his ability to deliver a weapon of mass destruction.

"With the nuclear weapons there, almost any scenario, you're looking at tens or thousands or hundreds of thousands of casualties in a matter of days," Cruz told Raddatz. "It is very dangerous. That's why Un wants those nuclear weapons, is precisely to make military conflict exceptionally costly."

Cruz laid out a three-party plan, starting with enhancing our missile defense as the first step to addressing North Korea's nuclear threat without risking a massive loss of life event. Then strong economic sanctions to deter any country doing business with North Korea follows, and concludes with "delegitimatizing the oppression of the regime, following Reagan's successful strategy for delegitimatizing the Soviet Union."

Cruz believes the past regime's strategic patience showed "weakness and appeasement" that allowed the nuclear problems in North Korea to fester.

"I do think it helps for North Korea and China to understand that we have a president who is strong – that is beneficial," Cruz told Raddatz. "I will say we're seeing some signs that China may be more helpful than they have in the past with North Korea. Now, I have very little trust that that will continue, but I think the only way we have a chance of it continuing is if it is coming from American strength and not a policy of weakness or appeasement."

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Calling North Korea "the most dangerous place on the face of the planet" and dictator Kim Jung Un "a radical," Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said Sunday's latest nuclear weapons test "is a serious escalation in their ability to commit mass acts of murder." "This step, if it is...
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