North Korea examines plan to contain US bases on Guam

John McCain: Trump Must Be Prepared to Act

John McCain: Trump Must Be Prepared to Act

McCain also pointed to China as the key to solving the crisis, suggesting it would make a big difference if China were to clamp down on the rogue regime, and called on Trump to sit down with President Xi Jinping to get them to crack down on North Korea.

"That kind of rhetoric, I'm not sure how it helps", McCain said of Trump's comments.

"It's not awful in what he said", McCain added when asked if he stands with Trump.

McCain, a former Navy veteran and chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attempted to throw cold water on Trump's earlier remarks by noting that great leaders did not threaten until they were ready to act.

"It's not bad in what he said", the senator said.

"He has been very threatening beyond a normal state", Trump said, referring to the North Korean leader. A war with North Korea would be a slog that could go on for months at a minimum and drain United States military resources around the world.

Meanwhile, experts on North Korea's nuclear policy believe Trump fundamentally misunderstands the dynamics of nuclear gamesmanship in a way that could end up accidentally starting a war with a country with no real intent of attacking the United States without military provocation.

"It scares me as far as its potential is concerned because they have 1,000 rockets aimed at (South Korea capital) Seoul that could set that city on fire", he said.

With little economy news expected today, headlines around the U.S. president and the North Korea leader are likely to keep driving sentiment, experts said.

"They can shut down the North Korean economy in a week", he said.

Should China fail to act, McCain said the US should impose trade and other sanctions to force it into action.

McCain has always been a vocal critic of North Korea. In March, he labeled Un as a "crazy fat kid" during an interview with MSNBC.

He also claimed Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American who was taken prisoner after stealing a piece of propaganda, was murdered by North Korea.

"If there's a chance of dealing with this peacefully, it's what just happened last weekend", he said.

"The greatest North Korean threat we face is not from a nuclear-tipped missile hitting the USA mainland but from Washington stumbling into an inadvertent nuclear war on the Korean peninsula", Siegfried Hecker, a former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and a nuclear expert who has visited North Korea seven times since 2004, said in an email.

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