Steve Daines: ‘North Korea’s Ballistic Missiles and Nuclear Weapons Pose a Grave Threat to the Entire World’
DAINES: "Let’s be clear. First of all, North Korea’s ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons pose a grave threat to the entire world. This is a regime that openly stated they intend to put a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile and hit U.S. cities, South Korea, Japan. This is a grave threat to the entire world. It is a.to put historical perspective on the situation. This began 25 years ago when North Korea began their journey to have a nuclear capability, nuclear weapons. 23 years ago I was working in China, living in China, working for proctor and gamble. President Clinton signed a nuclear frame accord, and stopping nuclear programs in North Korea. 23 years later, the north Koreans have miscellaneous nuclear capability. So the past has failed. As Mike Penn stated in April on his visit to Asia he said the era of strategic patience is over. I applaud Donald Trump for taking a hard-line stance. He is using language that north Korea understand and the rest of the world understands. He has got to shake the situation up because left to his own, North Korea is going to plan to strike us cities, south Korea and Japan. We can’t just sit here and do nothing. Calls between XI jinping and Donald Trump is a positive sign. What happened a week ago about the security resolution getting Russia, China, the united States, France, is a good sign but China played a very important role here. 90% of the trade with north Korea comes from China. Elizabeth: We talk so much about North Korea, there could be back channel communications and China plays such an integral part in what happens between the united States and Russia and I am wondering can China afford to cross the United States? Do we not have the upper hand here?