Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Tuesday cautioned President Donald Trump against issuing threats to North Korea unless he is prepared to act. In any case, McCain seemed to suggest that Trump's threats amount to an overstatement, though concerning.
Appearing on KTAR's Mac & Gaydos, McCain said he took exception to the president's comments because "you got to be sure you can do what you say you're going to do".
Despite his admonishment to Trump, McCain himself has exchanged heated words with the North Korean regime.
Like many Americans, McCain has abandoned attempting to decode Trump's consistently incendiary rhetoric about any and everything.
"I think this is very, very, very serious".
But Mr McCain, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, said that language would likely push the historic foes to war, and urged Mr Trump to follow the foreign policy mantra adopted by former US President Theodore Roosevelt.
North Korea says it is examining its operational plans for attacking Guam to contain USA bases there.Читайте также: What's next for Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones?
McCain said he was unsure if that rhetoric constituted a threat of military action, but said that most previous presidents wouldn't make a threat unless they were ready to act.
He is responding to Trump's warning that North Korea could face "fire and fury" if it threatens the United States after a new report said US intelligence officials believe Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen".
He called North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un a "crazy fat kid" in March, provoking an angry response from Pyongyang, which called the remark an insult to the regime's "dignity" and a "grave provocation, little short of declaration of war".
"I think the rotund ruler in Pyongyang is insane but he's not ready to go to the brink", the senator said.
McCain has always been a vocal critic of North Korea.
On Tuesday, presidential adviser Sebastian Gorka told KTAR 92.3 FM's Arizona's Morning News said he hoped sanctions leveled by the United Nations against the small country on the Korean peninsula would serve their objective.
North Korea last threatened to strike Guam in 2013 - but the country's missile technology has advanced considerably since then. The newer sanctions that further restrict North Korea's trading could cost the small country $1 billion a year.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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