President Donald Trump must “assure [North Korea] that we do not have an intention to overturn their regime,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) to CNN’s Jim Acosta on Monday (emphasis added):
Well obviously, this is moving much more rapidly than the expert community had been warning us about. Time is now of the essence. If [North Korea] can actually put a hydrogen bomb on top of an ICBM and reach an American city, that would be something that would be very threatening to our country, and it may be the point of no return for the Kim regime. They may just stop all negotiations at that point.
So this is our last clear chance to find a way of having crippling economic sanctions being imposed upon the North Korean government, so we can go to the table freeze their program, and simultaneously assure them that we do not have an intention to overturn their regime.
Watch Markey's comments below.
Acosta offered no challenge to Markey’s national security recommendation. No questions were asked about failures of previous administrations toward obstructing the North Korean state’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles.
Markey claimed to be unsurprised with the North Korean state’s detonation of a nuclear weapon on Sunday, saying, “It did not catch me by surprise."
"There is no military solution to this problem," continued Markey, offering his military assessment: "If we initiated a first strike against the North Korean government, it would very likely result in a retaliation against South Korea."
Markey sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC). He is the ranking member on the SFRC’s Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
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