The US will go to war with North Korea “if things don’t change,” Sen. Lindsay Graham said, acknowledging that “a lot of people would get hurt and killed.” Meanwhile, Russia and China have once again urged for both sides to exercise restraint and dialogue.
“If we have to go to war to stop this, we will,” the Republican senator told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. “If there’s a war with North Korea, it will be because North Korea brought it on itself, and we’re headed to a war if things don’t change.”
Graham stated that neither he nor US President Donald Trump wants a war, but stressed that “we’re not going to let this crazy man in North Korea have the capability to hit the homeland.”
When asked by Blitzer about civilian casualties that would occur in a war with North Korea, including in the densely populated South Korean capital of Seoul, Graham said: “It’s not lost by me what a war would look like with North Korea. One, we would win it, but a lot of people would get hurt and killed…”
However, he stressed that “the president’s got to pick between homeland security and regional stability.” He noted that when it comes to that decision, “the president is picking America over the region and I hope the region will help us find a diplomatic solution.”
“He is ready, if necessary, to destroy this regime to protect America, and I hope the regime understands that if President Trump has to pick between destroying the North Korean regime and the American homeland, he’s going to destroy the regime. I hope China understands that also,” Graham said.
His comments came just hours after North Korea fired a ballistic missile that splashed down in the Sea of Japan, according to the South Korean, Japanese, and US militaries. The Pentagon’s initial assessment indicated it was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Responding to the launch on Tuesday, Trump said the US would “take care of it…it is a situation that we will handle.” His comments were made to reporters during a meeting with Republican congressional leaders at the White House. RT News