Donald Trump said during an interview on Wednesday that the best way to deal with an increasingly belligerent North Korea is to make its leader “disappear.”
As reported by Western Journalism, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified before Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the rogue nation has restarted a plutonium reactor and could begin to recover weapons grade nuclear material within weeks.
“Pyongyang continues to produce fissile material and develop a submarine-launched ballistic missile,” Clapper said. “It is also committed to developing a long-range nuclear-armed missile that’s capable of posing a direct threat to the United States, although the system has not been flight tested.”
North Korea launched a satellite on Sunday, which defense experts believe was a front for its continued development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. The satellite reportedly flew right over the Super Bowl in Santa Clara, Calif.
In light of Clapper’s testimony, CBS Morning’s Nora O’Donnell asked Trump what he would do to deal with North Korea.
“I would get China to make that guy disappear in one form or another very quickly,” Trump said referring to the country’s 33-year-old leader Kim Jong Un. (See minute 6:44 below)
“I mean, this guy’s a bad dude, and don’t underestimate him,” Trump said. “Any young guy who can take over from his father with all those generals and everybody else that probably want the position — this is not somebody to be underestimated.”
The candidate emphasized that he would make China deal with him. “China has control — absolute control — over North Korea. They don’t say it, but they do,” he said. “And they should make that problem disappear. China is sucking us dry. They’re taking our money. They’re taking our jobs. They’re doing so much. We have rebuilt China with what they’ve taken out.”
Trump noted that the U.S. trade imbalance with China is a major point of leverage that he would use to force the Chinese to act.
The topic of discussion then turned to the Middle East, and the candidate emphasized that dealing with ISIS would be a priority, but also made clear he believes the United States has made several missteps that have destabilized the region, including removing Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. Trump said that taking out Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, which is the Obama administration’s policy, would likely be a continuation of what he believes to be past failures.
h/t: New York Post