Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said the United States is "running
out of time" when it comes to North
that pre-emptive war is "becoming more likely" as the
country's weapons technology "matures."
getting close to a military conflict because North Korea's marching
toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon
on top that cannot only get to America but deliver the weapon. We're
running out of time," Graham said on CBS News' "Face the
policy of the Trump administration is to deny North Korea the
capability to hit America with a nuclear-tipped missile. Not to
contain it," he said. "Denial means preemptive war as a
last resort. That preemption is becoming more likely as their
technology matures. Every missile test, every underground test of a
nuclear weapon, means the marriage is more likely."
comments came just days after North
Korea said it
had successfully launched a new type of intercontinental ballistic
which it claimed is capable of reaching the U.S. The North's state
television said the new ICBM was "significantly more"
powerful than the previous long-range weapon the country tested.
was critical of Chinese efforts to contain the regime, calling them
ineffective. He also said that "if there's an underground
nuclear test, then you need to get ready for a very serious response
by the United States."
added, "I think the president, as inherent authority as
commander-in-chief, has the ability to strike North Korea to protect
the American homeland. But this discussion needs to happen among
said he is now urging the Pentagon not to send any dependents to
Korea should be an unaccompanied tour. It's crazy to send spouses
and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea.
So I want them to stop sending dependents. And I think it's now time
to start moving American dependents out of South Korea," he
also issued a warning to President Trump in light of his recent
tweets on the FBI and the ongoing special counsel's investigation
into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
an ongoing criminal investigation; Comey may be part of it. You
tweet and comment regarding ongoing criminal investigations at your
own peril. I'd be careful if I were you, Mr. President. I'd watch
this," he said.
if he agreed with the president's assessment that the FBI's
reputation is the "worst in history" after
being run by former Director James Comey, Graham said he disagreed
but still has questions he wants answered.
think Comey needs to answer questions as his time as director. I
think he made some decisions that, they were really very, very