Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, joins ‘Face the Nation’ host John Dickerson to discuss recent tensions with North Korea.
JOHN DICKERSON: And we’re back with the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain. Senator, welcome. Your reaction to the Secretary of State, the U.S. wants to sit down at the table with North Korea, but North Korea doesn’t stop testing?
JOHN MCCAIN: Well, you know, it’s a – this is one of the longest standing crises that we have faced. Three previous administrations have tried to make deals with North Korea in order to stop the steady progress they’ve been making towards the acquisition of nuclear power– excuse me, nuclear weapons, and the means to deliver them. And I’m – I’m all for us going back to the table. But I – I’m not sure that we aren’t facing a serious situation here of two options: 1) a nuclear-armed North Korea, or war with North Korea as, as – so we would prevent them from the further acquisition.
So it seems to me China is very important, and yet we can’t revisit that same old scenario we have before. So we’re going to have to do a number of things, including incredible emphasis on missile defense in South Korea. And our own missile defense system, since there is the scenario and you, you never know exactly where it is, where they could strike the United States of America and Alaska. That is – both of those are unacceptable options. So, I think missile defense, I think trying to influence China to rein in their behavior, which China has never done, is – this is probably one of the most serious international crises, national security – security crises we’ve faced. …read more