South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham speaks about North Korea

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Friday, August 11, 2017

BARNWELL COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - Senator Lindsey Graham was in South Carolina today meeting with leaders in Bamberg and Barnwell counties. He spoke to them about their concerns and one of his big concerns which is North Korea. On Your Side's Liz Owens talked with the senator who made his message very clear.

The increasing rhetoric between President Trump and North Korea is causing increased concern.

Liz Owens: "Is it just rhetoric or do you think there is more serious threat?"
Sen. Graham: "People criticize Trump for being blunt. All I can say is all the smart people criticizing him failed."

Senator Llindsey Graham stands behind the president's words. "The garbage in North Korea has piled up for 30 years. Trump has no place to kick the can. The can has been kicked for the last 30 years and there is no other place to kick it."

Senator Graham believes it takes strong words like President Trump's to convince North Korea that the U.S. is serious.

"You'll never have a diplomatic solution unless people over there believe America is serious about using military force," he said. "If i were Trump then I would tell the Chinese you got two options: reign this guy in because you own the economy of North Korea or I'm going to deal with the threats to the nation and there will be a war in your backyard."

Senator Graham believes there is also a threat of North Korea selling nuclear weapons they develop to Al-Qaeda, another reason he stands behind the president's words. "If you don't believe Trump isn't serious about North Korea you are making a huge mistake because I believe he is serious."

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