On Wednesday, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain spoke with MSNBC’s Greta van Susteren and criticized North Korea’s recent string of aggressive actions and referred to its leader Kim Jong-Un as a “crazy fat kid.” During the interview, McCain, who serves as the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that China is the only one that can keep that “crazy fat kid” under control.
“China is the only one that can control Kim Jong Un, this crazy fat kid that’s running North Korea,” McCain said.
He added that Kim Jong-Un is “not rational” and that “we’re not dealing with even someone like Joseph Stalin, who had a certain rationality to his barbarity.”
“The first place I’d go is China, and say ‘Look, you can shut down their economy … it’s in your interest to do so,'” the Arizona Senator said.
“If the Chinese refuse to do that, we have to consider all options, and not necessarily a world war, but Mr. Kim Jong Un needs to understand that there’s a huge penalty to pay if he even tried it,” McCain continued.
North Korea has continued to show acts of aggression against the United States and its allies in Asia. On March 8, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, North Korea’s official name) issued a statement threatening nuclear war against the United States and South Korea if either country fires “even a single bullet at the territory of the DPRK.”
Last week, North Korea threatened to “launch merciless ultra-precision strikes” in frustration of the Foal Eagle joint military exercises being conducted by the United States and South Korea. Over the weekend, North Korea released a new propaganda video that showed what is believed to be the USS Carl Vinson, that is partaking in the Foal Eagle exercises, engulfed in flames. It also shows a B-1B bomber engulfed in flames, and on Wednesday, the United States sent a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea as a show of force against the North, officials said, according to the Associated Press.
Last week, during his first trip to Asia as Secretary, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that if North Korea continued to develop its nuclear weapons program that military action against the dictatorial nation would be “on the table.”