U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham issued a stunning statement on the North Korean crisis Sunday, indicating that America could be closer to war than most people realize.
Graham appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday morning, and made a surprising admission: the United States military should move families of military members out of South Korea, fearing their safety is in immediate danger from North Korean aggression. “It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea,” Graham told host John Dickerson.
Graham’s concerns signal that, as a member of the Armed Services Committee, America may be much closer to conflict than most are willing to admit.
Graham also said the United States should consider a preemptive strike, and not wait for North Korea to become fully nuclear-capable.
Republican U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on Sunday urged the Pentagon to start moving U.S. military dependents, such as spouses and children, out of South Korea, saying conflict with North Korea is getting close.
“It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea given the provocation of North Korea,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“So I want them (the Pentagon) to stop sending dependents and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea,” Graham said. The United States has 28,500 troops in South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.
On Wednesday, North Korea tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can fly over 13,000 km (8,080 miles), placing Washington within target range, South Korea said on Friday.
Graham said this development showed conflict is approaching.
“We’re getting close to military conflict because North Korea is marching toward marrying up the technology of an ICBM with a nuclear weapon on top that can not only get to America, but deliver the weapon. We’re running out of time,” Graham told CBS.
The Pentagon referred questions to the Pacific command, which was not immediately available for comment.
Here is video of the exchange from “Face the Nation.”
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