(CNSNews.com) – The United States should “avoid war at all costs” with North Korea, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) told CNSNews.com.
At the Capitol on Wednesday, CNSNews.com asked the congressman: “Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling on Congress to pass an AUMF (authorization for the use of military force) to authorize war against North Korea if Kim does not give up his nuclear-weapons program. Should Congress authorize war against North Korea?”
Ruppersberger replied, “It’s too soon right now. We want to avoid war at all costs. I specialize in national security. We have to make sure we go through the process, work with --with China, work with North Korea to try to take away the threat of their nuclear weapons.”
The question of war with North Korea emerged on Sunday, when Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told ABC’s “This Week”: “So, here’s the question for my Democratic colleagues: If diplomacy fails, will you support my efforts to authorize the use of military force as a last resort to convince North Korea and China things are going to be different this time?…And if diplomacy fails, as a last resort, Democrats and Republicans need to put the military option on the table or we will never get a good deal.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted later that "Lindsey Graham is a danger to the country by even proposing ideas like authorizing war with Korea."
To which Graham replied on Fox News Tuesday night: "Contrary to what Senator Paul says, the only way you're going to get North Korea to give up their nuclear weapons program is for them to believe they're better off without it than with it. And that comes down to Trump convincing them that they can no longer go on the path they're going without a fight."