Letting North Korea continue to flex its military muscles and develop a nuclear weapon would put its neighbors in danger, Rep. Darrell Issa said Monday.
The California Republican, a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, appeared on Fox News' "Your World" and discussed the tense situation on the Korean peninsula.
"There's no idealogical question with North Korea," Issa said. "Pragmatically, we cannot allow the status quo to continue because that is endangering all of our allies in that region."
Issa, who first took office in 2001, said dealing with the problem that is North Korea runs through China, which President Donald Trump is already addressing. The lawmaker added that the legislative branch is also considering taking action.
"I think Congress is looking at sanctions against Chinese banks doing business with North Korea," Issa said.
Trump's tough talk on North Korea, Issa added, is also an indirect shot at China.
"It's meant to make it clear, in my opinion, that a measured response will occur in retaliation of North Korean actions. But those responses might, quite frankly, in a non-military sense, be against China," Issa said, who then called Trump "the new sheriff in town" who won't "tolerate the status quo."
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