Moving a U.S. Navy strike group toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula, is a "very important show of force" to North Korea and President Kim Jong-un's regime, Sen. Cory Gardner said Monday.
"We cannot ignore this forgotten mad man anymore," Gardner told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.
"We have to bring denuclearization to the North Korean regime and to the peninsula, and make sure that China and our allies around the region know we are serious about this."
On Saturday, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson strike group began to make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, a U.S. official said.
North Korea is learning something every time it tests a ballistic missile, Gardner said, whether or not the tests succeed.
"They are able to incorporate those lessons into more and more successes as they go forward," said Gardner, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "We believe they have some capabilities they didn't have in the past, and now that concern is real. In the near future, they could reach the homeland with a nuclear ballistic missile. It's unacceptable risk."
Meanwhile, he said that people in North Korea have got to understand "that they are being used and abused by a madman in Pyongyang who would rather build a nuclear missile than feed his own people. He is torturing hundreds of thousands of them in the equivalent of a political concentration camp."
He continued that the United States also has to be sure that China stands up and lets the world know it is serious about North Korea. It does sound as if results were reached between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last week, said Gardner.
The Colorado Republican, also appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, commented that there remains questions around calls that North Korea's president be removed from office, as it is not known who would follow him.
"We are a long way away from understanding what happens after Kim Jong-un," said Gardner. "That's why South Korea, Japan and the United States need to come together, working with China, to deal with Kim Jong-un's regime. It's an important answer we don't have yet."
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.