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DeSantis: Insiders in NKorea Could Help US With Kim Jong-Un

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By    |   Friday, 21 Jul 2017 03:28 PM

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., called Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo's Thursday comments about separating North Korea's Kim Jong-un from the country's nuclear weapons an "interesting concept."

"To the extent that we are able to do things covertly, there are people in North Korea that we could be working with. That could potentially be a game changer. Separating Kim from the nuclear weapons — I don't think he (Pompeo) is necessarily saying that you are going to have an invasion of North Korea where you take them out with military force. I think he's talking about things that will be done outside the glare of the public eye," DeSantis said Friday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."

He said the main issue with North Korea is how little the U.S. knows about the country. "The problem with North Korea for us has always been we know less about that country and the inner workings of the regime than just about anywhere else in the world, because it's a hermetically sealed totalitarian country."

The only "for sure" way to end the threat of North Korea is to remove Kim from power.

"Kim's ultimate goal is to stay in power, and if he gives up his nuclear arsenal, it's going to be more likely that he gets removed from power. I think he's a guy who has some irrational streaks. I think how he would respond to some of these things is somewhat unknowable, but I do think he's made the calculation that the nuclear arsenal is one way, it's an insurance policy, to allow him to maintain, to be in control in the country," the congressman said.

A ban on U.S. travel to North Korea earned praise from the congressman. "If they end up doing that policy, I think that's probably the right thing to do," DeSantis said Friday.

A military response from Kim is a concern, the congressman said. "The problem with using military force is that you probably could disarm him, but then he is then going to respond, and he has a lot of targets very close by, if you look at Seoul (in South Korea), millions and millions of people. We have tens of thousands of American troops. He could be able to do a lot of damage."

DeSantis said he would prefer taking action against Kim covertly.

At another point during the "America's Newsroom" interview Friday, the congressman weighed in on the healthcare situation.

He said Congress should be required to live using Obamacare as their insurance, which President Barack Obama's administration "effectively exempted" them from in 2013.

In that case, "I think they would be rushing to repeal it," he said.

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Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., called Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo's Thursday comments about separating North Korea's Kim Jong-un from the country's nuclear weapons an "interesting concept."
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