Lindsey Graham, who golfed with President Trump on Sunday claims there is a 30% chance of war with North Korea if they continue to conduct missile tests. He then adds this jumps to 70% if North Korea detonates another nuke.
Graham told The Atlantic in an interview published Thursday he believes there is “a three in 10 chance we use the military option” if the country conducts another long-range ballistic missile test. He said the odds Trump attacks jump to “70 percent” if North Korea detonates another nuclear bomb.
“I don’t know how to say it any more direct: If nothing changes, Trump’s gonna have to use the military option, because time is running out,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The foreign policy hawk said it would be an “all-out war against the regime” in that case.
“There is no surgical strike option. Their [nuclear-weapons] program is too redundant, it’s too hardened, and you gotta assume the worst, not the best. So if you ever use the military option, it’s not to just neutralize their nuclear facilities — you gotta be willing to take the regime completely down,” he said.
The South Carolina senator said he supports direct talks or a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“I’m not taking anything off the table to avoid a war,” he said. “When they write the history of the times, I don’t want them to say, ‘Hey, Lindsey Graham wouldn’t even talk to the guy.’ ”
Graham, who golfed with Trump on Sunday, said the topic of North Korea “comes up all the time.”
He said the solution would be regime change in North Korea, whether China helps or not. China is Pyongyang’s top benefactor.
The White House has repeatedly denied pursuing a regime change.