WASHINGTON- Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that he believes it’s time to start moving those who are relatives of American military personnel out of South Korea as North Korea pushes the U.S. closer to a military conflict.
Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he will likewise recommend the Pentagon not to send any more dependents to South Korea.
“It’s crazy to mail spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea. South Korea should be an unaccompanied tour, ” the South Carolina Republican said on CB’S “Face the Nation.” ”So, I want them to stop sending dependents, and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea.”
About 28,500 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea to deter potential aggression from the North.
Last week, North Korea shattered 21/2 months of relative quiet by firing off an intercontinental ballistic missile that some commentators say indicated the reclusive country’s ability to ten-strike the U.S. East Coast. It was North Korea’s most powerful weapons test yet.
The launch was a message of defiance to President Donald Trump’s administration, which a week earlier had restored North Korea to a U.S. listing of fear patrons. It likewise suffered nascent diplomatic efforts and elevated anxieties of a pre-emptive U.S. strike. Threats traded by Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have furthered stoked dreads of war.
Graham expressed confidence in the Trump administration’s ability to manage the growing is consistent with North Korea.
“He’s got the best national security squad of anybody I have considered since I have been in Washington, ” said Graham, who has had participated in Congress since 1995.
The Trump administration has vowed to deny North Korea the capability of striking the U.S. homeland with a nuclear-tipped missile.
“Denial signifies pre-emptive campaign as a last resort. The pre-emption is becoming more likely as their technology matures, ” Graham told CBS. “I think we’re really running out of hour. The Chinese are attempt, but ineffectively. If there’s an underground nuclear test, then you need to get ready for a serious response by the United States.”
Trump has said he spoke with Chinese President Xi Jinping about Pyongyang’s “provocative actions, ” and he vowed that additional major sanctions will be imposed on North Korea. China is North Korea’s merely significant ally, but it has grown increasingly frustrated over the North’s nuclear and missile exams that have brought a threat of conflict and chaos to China’s northeastern border.