At­tack on N. Korea called 2nd-worst re­sult

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — David Sherfin­ski

Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Mon­day said a pre-emp­tive strike on North Korea is a “next-toworse-case” sce­nario, with the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ing the abil­ity to strike a U.S. ally with a nu­clear weapon the worst-case sce­nario.

“To me, the ab­so­lute worst-case sce­nario is North Korea has a nu­clear mis­sile it can de­liver on any of our al­lies,” Mr. Kinzinger, Illi­nois Repub­li­can, said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“Next to the worst is a pre-emp­tive strike,” he said. “So this is the last-case sce­nario.

“This is dead se­ri­ous, and this will be up to the ex­perts in the mil­i­tary to say, here’s the point at which there is no re­turn be­yond it, and hope­fully we never get there be­cause that’s a next-to-worst-case sce­nario,” he said.

Mr. Kinzinger said he does think the White House is do­ing what needs to be done in han­dling the sit­u­a­tion. “The diplo­matic in­stru­ment of power is best and most ef­fec­tive when backed up with the mil­i­tary in­stru­ment of power,” he said.

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