Trump won’t let ‘nutjob’ N.K. leader develop nuclear ICBM capable of striking U.S.: ranking senator

WASHINGTON-- U.S. President Donald Trump won't let North Korea develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can strike the United States with a nuclear weapon on top of it, a ranking Republican senator said Tuesday after dinner with Trump the previous day.

"Pres @realDonaldTrump is NOT going to let the nutjob in North Korea develop a missile -- with a nuclear weapon on top -- that can hit the US," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-CA) said in a Twitter posting.

Graham also offered that assurance in an interview with Fox News earlier in the day.

Trump "doesn't want a war any more than I do, but he's not going to let them get a missile. That's where they're headed. And China needs to up their game to stop this before it gets too late," he said.

The senator said he prefers to solve the problem through diplomacy and sees military force as a "last resort."

Graham and Sen. John McCain had dinner with Trump on Monday. No details of their discussions were available.

Calls have been growing in the U.S. for curbing the North's ICBM capabilities even through the use of military force, despite repeated warnings from experts that such a strike could quickly escalate into a second Korean War as the North is sure to strike back.

Last week, Graham said that the U.S. should launch a preemptive strike on North Korea if that's what it takes to stop Pyongyang from building a missile capable of hitting the country, arguing that war with the North won't reach the U.S., but a North Korean ICBM could.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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