Congressman Byrne talks North Korea threat


The United Nations held an emergency meeting Monday. The U.S. is demanding a tough response to North Korea testing a hydrogen bomb Sunday.

"His abusive use of missiles and his nuclear threats show that he is begging for war. War is never something the United States wants," said. U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

President Trump had a phone conversation with South Korea's president about building up its military to deter Kim Jun Un.

Local 15 News spoke with Congressman Bradley Byrne, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee. He receives classified briefings on North Korea and earlier this year, visted the Korean Demilitarized zone, which seperates North Korea and South Korea.

Byrne says the U.S. will certainly be ratcheting up the pressure, but the last thing anyone wants is military action and another failed state. At the same time, it won't be tolerated for North Korea to take shots at the U.S or its allies Japan and South Korea.

There is a diplomatic solution, Byrne says, and it begins and ends with China. More than 80% of North Korea's international trade is with China.

"And that's why the president said over the weekend, if you're doing trade with North Korea, which means you're giving them the resources that they use to try and hurt us, we're not going to do trade with you. And the Chinese reacted very negatively to that .Quite frankly, I think we needed to say that to them. They need to understand, this is a survival thing for us," said Byrne.

China's Foreign Ministry responded Monday calling President Trumps's comments "unacceptable" and "unfair."