Senator Lindsey Graham expressed his sentiment to move all U.S. military families out of South Korea as rising tensions continue between North Korea and the U.S. —and its allies.
During an appearance on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, expressed his concerns over military personnel sending their dependents to South Korea. He wants to urge the Pentagon not to send any more families into the country.
“It’s crazy to send spouses and children to South Korea, given the provocation of North Korea. South Korea should be an unaccompanied tour,“ the South Carolina Republican said, according to Bloomberg. “So, I want them to stop sending dependents, and I think it’s now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea.“
Graham’s remarks comes a week after the hermit nation conducted its first ever intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test on Nov. 28. The latest test may pose a much greater threat than North Korea’s past missile build as it could potentially reach any target in the continental United States, Wired reported.
The 62-year-old senator also noted in the interview that President Donald Trump’s administration vowed to deny North Korea its capability to launch a nuclear-tipped missile into the country.
“Denial means pre-emptive war as a last resort,” Graham said. “The pre-emption is becoming more likely as their technology matures. I think we’re really running out of time. The Chinese are trying, but ineffectively. If there’s an underground nuclear test, then you need to get ready for a very serious response by the United States.“
He also went on to describe how Trump’s administration has the “best national security team” he has ever seen in his years serving in Congress since 1995.
The latest missile test from North Korea — greenlit by its leader Kim Jong-un — was a message of defiance to the U.S. after Trump officially put the hermit kingdom back on the list of terror sponsors.
North Korea was removed from the said list during former President George W. Bush’s administration back in 2008.
“Today the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,“ Trump said in late November, CNN reported.