Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that President Donald Trump “has basically drawn a red line” on North Korea, adding that the president would never allow North Korea to have a nuclear missile that can reach the United States.
“There are two scenarios where we would go to war with North Korea: if they attack Guam or some other American interest or our allies or if they try to keep developing an ICBM with a nuclear weapon,” Graham said on CBS This Morning. “He’ll never allow North Korea to have an ICBM missile that can hit America with a nuclear weapon on top.”
While Graham hopes to check with Japanese and South Korean intelligence on Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapon process, Graham said he hopes diplomacy will be the solution, since sanctions did not work.
“We have two bad choices, that is to let them get a missile to hit America or to go to war to stop them,” Graham said. “China should have two bad options. Either deal with a nut job in your backyard or realize there’s going to be a war in your backyard.”
Trump on Tuesday warned North Korea not to threaten the U.S. or it would "be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." The president made his comments after the Washington Post reported that North Korea has the capability to build a compact nuclear warhead.
Graham said if America and North Korea engaged in an armed conflict, the fighting would happen at North Korea rather than on American soil.
“It’d be a horrific war unfortunately,” Graham said of how many people could possibly die from warring. “We’ll have a hydrogen missile with all sorts of bombs if we don’t stop them now.”