President Donald J. Trump lacks the “legal authority” necessary to launch a pre-emptive military strike against North Korea. More than a dozen Democratic senators sent a letter to the 45th POTUS, explaining their stance on any type of attack.
“Like many, we are deeply concerned about the potential consequences of a preemptive military strike on North Korea and the risks of miscalculation and retaliation,” the senators wrote.
“Without congressional authority, a preventative or preemptive U.S. military strike would lack either a constitutional basis or legal authority,” they added.
The letter was shared on Twitter by Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico.
We are sounding the alarm over South Korea Ambassador vacancy; Warning of significant risk of preemptive strike against North Korea. @SenatorCardin @SenJackReed @TimKaine @PattyMurray @ChrisCoons @SenWarren @SenMarkey @SenBrianSchatz @SenJeffMerkley @SenSanders @SenatorShaheen pic.twitter.com/gPMjieXN3s
— Martin Heinrich (@MartinHeinrich) February 5, 2018
The letter also voiced concerns that Victor Cha would no longer be considered for the nomination of U.S. ambassador to South Korea after he directly opposed the President’s suggestion that a pre-emptive strike could be sought against Kim Jong Un and his leadership in North Korea.
The letter was sent after President Trump suggested that his administration could use a “bloody nose” strategy to show Pyongyang what it would face in an all-out war scenario.
Experts have warned that a massive loss of life could occur in South Korea should the United States attempt to attack North Korea with a pre-emptive strike.
World leaders have also urged President Trump to avoid all-out war with the countries dictatorship, fearing that a nuclear missile crisis could result from the attack. The “Doomsday Clock,” a symbolic estimate of an apocalyptic event, has already been set to “two minutes to Midnight,” the worst setting since nuclear bombing tests in the 1950s.
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