Amid the stalled talks for a June 12 summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un, count Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as a doubter anything will come of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
"Ultimately, I remain convinced that he does not want to denuclearize, in fact he will not denuclearize," Sen. Rubio told ABC News' "This Week." "But he wants to give off this perception that he's this open leader, that he's peaceful, that he's reasonable, and that's why you see they basically stopped talking to us for two weeks."
Failing short of the U.S. goal of complete denuclearization, Rubio told host Martha Raddatz, President Trump and the U.S. will be stuck in a holding pattern that has been characterized by former President Barack Obama's "strategic patience."
"Well, if you don't think you’re ever going to be able to reach a deal where he gives up his missiles and gives up his nukes, then you're going to have to make a decision – which is where we've been the whole time – and that is are you prepared to live in a world where someone like him possesses not just nuclear weapons but the ability to hit the mainland of the United States," Rubio said.
Ultimately, these talks might be an all-or-nothing proposition that could lead to war, as Kim has a "emotional attachment" and "personal psychological attachment" to his nuclear program and runs an "erratic regime" that is "paranoid of the rest of the world."
"And if you're not [successful with denuclearization], then you're going to have to do something to go after them at some point," Rubio added. "And I'm not in favor of that. It's not something that I relish or take lightly.
"I'm just telling you that could very well be the option we wind up with at the end."
Rubio denounced the progress of releasing three American hostages and the destruction of a nuclear facility in advance of the now-stalled June 12 summit as "a show" – one that is just feeding into Kim's validation goals in the world.
"It's all a show; It’s a show: Released three Americans that were innocently there, blew up a facility that was probably already damaged with plenty of other facilities," Rubio told Raddatz. "Plus here's the bigger point: The facility he blew up was a testing site. He can test this anywhere, they don't have to have a town hall meeting in North Korea to decide whether to test weapons, he can test them anywhere.
"In his mind, he thinks he has already proven not only that he’s a nuclear power, but that he possesses long range missiles, and that alone has given him, you know, global standing."
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