John McCain Criticizes Trump's Hawkish Line on North Korea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 9, 2017

The escalating nuclear standoff between North Korea and Donald Trump is "very, very, very serious", John McCain has said, as he cautioned the US President against making empty threats that would be hard to follow through with.

At the same time, McCain admitted he's checked out and doesn't really give a shit about Trump's rhetoric.

The hawkish GOP lawmaker added that the "great leaders I've seen don't threaten unless they're ready to act and I'm not sure President Trump is ready to act".

"I take exception to the president's comments because you've gotta be sure you can do what you say you can do", McCain said, according to NBC News' Frank Thorp.

"It's not awful in what he said", the senator said.

After Trump's "fire and fury" comment, North Korea announced it is "carefully examining" a plan to strike the US territory of Guam with missiles.

"We should not be engaging in the same kind of blustery and provocative statements as North Korea about nuclear war", Cardin's statement read.

"You got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do", the senior Republican Senator said.

Were he advising the President on this issue, McCain said, he would tell Trump to speak with the Chinese and accelerate the United States' anti missile defense capabilities.

"They have 1,000 rockets aimed at Seoul that could set that city on fire", he said.

The senator said China should step in and order North Korea to step down by threatening economic sanctions.

"They can shut down the North Korean economy in a week", he said.

"The key to this is China", McCain said.

McCain has always been a vocal critic of North Korea.

In March, Mr McCain provoked the ire of Pyongyang when he described Kim Jong-un as a "crazy fat kid".

He also claimed Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American who was taken prisoner after stealing a piece of propaganda, was murdered by North Korea.

"The greatest North Korean threat we face is not from a nuclear-tipped missile hitting the USA mainland but from Washington stumbling into an inadvertent nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", Siegfried Hecker, a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and a nuclear expert who has visited North Korea seven times since 2004, said in an email. The stakes are nothing less than a total war the likes of which the United States hasn't seen since Vietnam.

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