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Dem Senators: Trump Lacks Authority to Attack NKorea

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By    |   Monday, 05 Feb 2018 12:46 PM

A group of Democratic senators wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, warning that he lacks the authority to order a military strike on North Korea.

"Like many, we are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea and the risks of miscalculation and retaliation. Ultimately, it is an enormous gamble to believe that a particular type of limited, pre-emptive strike will not be met with an escalatory response from Kim Jong Un and neither the United States nor our allies should take that step lightly," the 18 senators wrote, led by New Mexico's Martin Heinrich.

They add that "without congressional authorization, a preventative or pre-emptive U.S. military strike would lack either a Constitutional basis or legal authority."

"Tensions on the Korean Peninsula are as high as they have ever been, and the Olympics are fast approaching. While we must always be ready to respond with decisive action to a North Korean provocation, it would be extremely irresponsible to instigate military conflict prior to exhausting every diplomatic option."

The letter ends with a plea for Trump to nominate "a qualified individual" to serve as ambassador to South Korea "as soon as possible."

Trump had reportedly been considering former White House official Victor Cha, but dropped him after he informed the administration that he opposes a pre-emptive military strike on North Korea, according to The Washington Post.

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