Senate Dem: Trump team moving US to militaristic solution in North Korea

Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyYoung insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey in Senate race amid speculation over Kennedy candidacy House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge MORE (D-Mass.) said Monday that the rhetoric coming from the Trump administration is moving the United States toward a military solution to the conflict with North Korea.

“All of this gets internalized by the North Korean leadership,” Markey told CNN’s “New Day.”

“And it takes us further and further away from a diplomatic rather than a military resolution of this issue.”

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Markey, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, argued that there is no military solution to dealing with North Korea’s aggression because the nation is “already a nuclear power.”

Instead, Markey said, the United States must negotiate with the Chinese to reach a diplomatic resolution. 

“Otherwise, the consequences could be that, like in the Cuban missile crisis, with the wrong steps that are taken, it could in fact wind up with a thermonuclear confrontation that would not be good for the Korean Peninsula. And it definitely would not be good for the United States of America,” said Markey.

The senator also referenced the comments Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump: House Judiciary should investigate Obama Netflix deal instead of his business Farm manager doubts story horse bit Pence: report Supreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration MORE made during his visit to South Korea.

Pence on Monday mentioned the United States’ recent military strikes in Syria and Afghanistan, as he warned North Korea not to test the United States with another ballistic missile launch.

"Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan," said Pence.

"North Korea would do well not to test his resolve — or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region."