U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Sunday that it is time the Trump administration and the Pentagon start moving military family members and other dependants out of South Korea, as tensions with North Korea are nearing a conflict point.
“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 on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” ″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, a former Air Force lawyer and current member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he will begin pressing the Pentagon to stop sending families of military members to South Korea.
Currently, there are about 28,500 U.S. troops stationed there.
Graham’s warning comes after North Korea successfully tested another long-range ICBM last week capable of striking all of the United States, based on post-flight analyses.
That said, Graham believes the Trump administration is imminently qualified to handle the worsening situation with Pyongyang.
“He’s got the best national security team of anybody I have seen since I have been in Washington,” said Graham, who has served in Congress since 1995.
Graham noted that President Trump has said the U.S. would never allow North Korea to develop a nuclear threat it could use against the U.S.
“Denial means pre-emptive war as a last resort. The pre-emption is becoming more likely as their technology matures,” Graham told CBS. “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.” [source]
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