A Florida congresswoman is advising President Donald Trump not to be a "cowboy" with North Korea and to cool down his tough talk against the saber-rattling Asian republic.
Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., from West Palm Beach, adds North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "seems unstable" and should not be provoked.
"This is not the time for the president to be a cowboy because of the irrationality of the North Korean leader," Frankel told the Palm Beach Post. "Everyone, let's ratchet down the temperature.
"That doesn't mean you ignore the problem, but I would give this leader much less attention publicly. That is what he wants."
The U.S. and North Korea have been waging a unnerving war of words over Kim's ongoing missile tests and threats about firing nuclear weapons at his enemies.
Frankel made her plea after a week-long visit to the Korean peninsula during which she visited the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. She also met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Minister Yun Byung-se.
"There's a unanimous, unanimous consensus, by every person we heard from, that any preemptive strike by the United States would result in a counter attack by North Korea, a devastating military attack on Seoul," Frankel told the newspaper.
She said Trump recently has been "more subdued, which is good."
Frankel wants the U.S. "in consultation with Japan and South Korea" to explore "all reasonable economic, diplomatic and defensive actions," such as cyberattacks, to stop North Korea from achieving a nuclear capability.
"A strong unwavering relationship between the U.S. and its allies Japan and South Korea is necessary for the national and economic security of all three countries," Frankel said in a statement released by her congressional office.
"Japan and South Korea are two of America's greatest trading partners and home to important U.S. military bases.
"A North Korea that has the capability to use a nuclear weapon that can reach an American city or those of an ally poses a grave challenge as the U.S. seeks to preserve peace and stability in the region."
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