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Pete Hoekstra: Let China Lead on North Korea Peril

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By    |   Thursday, 13 Apr 2017 03:41 PM

The United States should carefully monitor China's response to the North Korea nuclear threat before launching its own actions, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told Newsmax TV.

"If North Korea tests another nuclear weapon on Saturday – we don't know what's going on in the back channels with China – so, I think we kind of take a look and hopefully weigh our measures by what we think China may do," Hoekstra told Bill Tucker, guest host of Thursday's "America Talks Live."

"China is probably getting the message that it's bad for the entire region. Them, South Korea, Japan, and the United States for economic purposes, for military purposes, and maybe they are finally realizing that maybe they've even let North Korea go too far."

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U.S. warships are headed toward the North Korean coast with the Asian nation preparing to celebrate the 105th birthday of its founder, Kim Il-sung, on Saturday.

North Korea reportedly might conduct missile tests on the same day, which could put it on a military collision course with the United States.

"For 20 years, [during] the Bush administration, the Clinton administration, the Obama administration [there was] all kinds of rattling sabers … but really never doing anything to North Korea," Hoekstra told Tucker.

"We now have North Korea with nuclear capabilities . . . with the capability of ballistic missiles. They probably have not married those two technologies yet but they're obviously working towards that kind of capability."

He said Trump is now working with China after once vilifying their economic power during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"He's now gone to China and you know maybe he had to do something on trade or currency manipulation, but that's a small trade off to make with China," Hoekstra said.

"If you can get China to actually do something and to rein in North Korea. I'll take that trade."

Hoekstra is former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a senior fellow at the Investigative Project on Terrorism. 

He is also the author of "Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya," written with Teri Blumenfeld and published by The Calamo Press.

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