'I'm Very Concerned': GOP Rep. Says Trump Should 'Ratchet Up Pressure' on N. Korea
Trump calls NYT report on missiles 'fake news.'
The "Outnumbered" panel on Tuesday reacted to reports that North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at more than a dozen hidden bases.
"Satellite images suggest that the North has been engaged in a great deception: It has offered to dismantle a major launching site — a step it began, then halted — while continuing to make improvements at more than a dozen others that would bolster launches of conventional and nuclear warheads," the New York Times reported, referring to a think tank's analysis of satellite images.
President Trump took to Twitter to push back on the Times report, calling the claims “inaccurate” and “just more fake news.”
The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate. We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
Trump’s statement comes about a week after he reassured critics that denuclearization talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were continuing despite recent hurdles.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he's "very concerned" about this potential development.
"One of my concerns was back in May or June, the president seemed to be removing the military option. ... And I was afraid that that was letting off some of the pressure to compel North Korea to action," Kinzinger said.
He added that he's not calling for Trump to use the military option, but he believes the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should "ratchet up that pressure again."
Melissa Francis that Trump told reporters last week, “We are in no rush. The sanctions are on. The missiles have stopped. The rockets have stopped. The hostages are home.”
"That does kind of put it in perspective," Francis said. "We have really given up nothing. We've gotten hostages ... and they're not firing off rockets all the time."
Marie Harf questioned if North Korea has given anything up, noting that they still have missiles and are just not testing them.
Kinzinger said the U.S. should continue putting economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime, noting that Pompeo's meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, scheduled for last Thursday in New York was canceled.
"I think there needs to be a cost for North Korea's ... resistance," Kinzinger said. "Otherwise, you're just satiating Kim Jong Un."