Nebraska’s United States Senators say the North Korean threat must be taken seriously and handled delicately.
Sen. Deb Fisher says the United States must bolster its missile defense and follow-through on United Nations-approved sanctions.
“And, if we are going to be able to see any pressure put on that regime, we have to make sure that China is involved,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Both Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Fischer chairs the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces with jurisdiction over the country’s missile defense. Fischer says recent tests on interceptors have proven successful; the system in place to intercept any incoming missile. She says the ground-based radar system and the space-based sensors need to be kept upgraded to detect any threat to the country.
Sanctions go only so far, according to Fischer, who says when the U. S. counters any threats from North Korea, it must be ready to back up any counter made by Washington with action.
Neither Fischer nor Sasse see an easy solution.
“And any time you talk about North Korea, we have to recognize that there really are no good moves, because you have to think of the third, and the fourth, and the fifth chess move,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Sasse claims the United States’ intelligence community actually has an ongoing debate about whether North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is sane, with a flip of a coin landing on sane, barely.
“That’s not very comforting when try to think about is someone going to make rational moves at chess move two, three, and four,” Sasse says.
Sasse agrees with Fischer that China, and possible Russia, need to get involved. Sasse says North Korea isn’t the biggest threat the country faces long-term, but is the biggest it faces in the short-term.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]