Sen. Lindsey Graham, a representative for South Carolina, says he will support a US war against North Korea if it becomes unavoidable.
According to a poll result released on Friday by Public Policy Polling, 82 percent of Americans have shown great fear for a likely nuclear war.
Image: President Kim Jong Un
Public Policy Polling, the Democratic polling firm which recorded voters’ feeling about a possible missile launch by North Korea against the US, says as much as 40% admitted to being “Very Fearful,” 42% (Somewhat Fearful), and 15% (Not At All Fearful).
A breakdown between Democrats and Republicans shows the former as being “More Fearful” than the latter.
Although a large number of Republicans are in support of a pre-emptive attack against the DPRK, their Democratic counterparts are opposing an attack.
- Very fearful: 51 percent.
- Somewhat fearful: 36 percent.
- Not fearful: 10 percent.
- Very fearful: 32 percent.
- Somewhat fearful: 49 percent.
- Not at all fearful: 16 percent.
- Very fearful: 33 percent.
- Somewhat fearful: 42 percent.
- Not at all fearful: 23 percent.
Senator Graham spoke with CBS South Carolina affiliate WLTX19 saying he believes President Donald Trump would deploy military forces against N. Korea to protect America from the nuclear missile threats from Kim Jong Un’s government.
“That’s not an unreasonable thing,” he argued, adding that there are no better options with the DPRK.
“If we have to, we’ll go to war. I don’t want to, but if we have to, we’ll go to war. And I’ll tell you who’ll win that war: we will.”
The senator stressed that Kim’s broad wings need to be clipped using all necessary tools. He said the erring dictator’s threats are getting more serious day-by-day and as such, requires drastic measures to be taken immediately.
In the lawmaker’s opinion, if America goes to war with North Korea, it’s only because the country chose to war-war than to jaw-jaw in a reasonable way.
“We’re not going to invade North Korea to change the regime, we’re not trying to unify North Korea and South Korea,” he clarified, “we’re only trying to protect the homeland from an unacceptable threat.”
Mr. Graham made reference to China which he said, has a strong diplomatic relation with N. Korea and does not support its nuclear program.
“China is the key. Stop it now, it only gets worse later,” the 62-year-old senator said.
However, President Xi Jinping’s government has been blamed for its sluggish and closemouthed approach against its erratic ally.
Nearly 80 percent of North Korea’s foreign trade is with China which is also providing dual technology with the country.
Part of China’s co-operation with Kim Jong Un’s government includes the nuclear section and weapons programs.
“We could do more…let’s broaden those sanctions,” Sen. Rob Portman representing Ohio said on Friday. “Be sure to use the U.S. financial system, which is our biggest leverage, to stop companies from places like China from doing business with North Korea, because they also want to do business with our financial institutions.“
“It’s Guam today and it could be California tomorrow and it could be South Carolina down the road,” Graham said.
“If you don’t stop [North Korean leader Kim Jong Un], he’s going to have a hydrogen bomb, not a uranium bomb, he’s gonna have a bunch of missiles, not one. If they fire at Guam, all bets are off.”
Portman says the current US government should ensure that its threats are made real in contrast to former regimes.
He also added that the sanction from United Nations as well as N. Korea’s bold threat against the US contributed to the tense atmosphere but urged Donald Trump’s government to proceed further with those sanctions.