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Dem rep: Impossible to know if North Korea would launch a first strike

Dem rep: Impossible to know if North Korea would launch a first strike
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Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroProgressive Democrats call on Pompeo to condemn Israeli demolition of Beduin village Dozens of progressive groups endorse Joaquin Castro for Foreign Affairs chair Castro pledges to term limit himself if elected Foreign Affairs chair MORE (D-Texas) in a Sunday interview said North Korea’s isolation makes it impossible to know for sure if its leader, Kim Jong UnKim Jong Un6 policy don'ts for Joe Biden South Korea urging Biden to prioritize denuclearization talks with North Lisa Gordon-Hagerty resigns as chief of nuclear weapons agency MORE, would launch a first strike on the United States.

“I believe that it’s probably about negotiations and power, but because North Korea is such an isolated nation in the world, it’s impossible to answer that question with complete certainty,” Castro told ABC’s “This Week” when asked if he thinks North Korea’s leader would conduct a first strike.

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Castro’s comments come after North Korea said Sunday that it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile. 

The Texas Democrat argued the United States should “use the significant sanctions” passed last month by the United Nations to choke North Korea’s economy. 

“At this point, anybody who is advocating for military action against North Korea is advocating for military action against a nuclear power who has also made threats against the United States,” Castro said.