Congressman Morgan Griffith shares what U.S. role against North Korea should be
Congressman Morgan Griffith of Virginia is among those saying North Koreas' latest missile test is proof of the need for action by China.
National security officials say the test shows North Korea has the capability to put a missile on Americas' doorstep.
News 5's Jessica Griffith talks to Southwest Virginias' Congressman about what he thinks our country's role should be.
Congressman Morgan Griffith said U.S. military action should be the last resort when dealing with North Korea, but he says their upgrades are worrisome for the U.S.
The U.S. has concluded that North Korea's latest missile launch was an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, or ICBM.
It marks a significant advance in their missile program.
"The ICBM, just because the North Korean's tend to have an unstable government, is somewhat scary," Griffith said. We caught up with Griffith in Marion. He said he thinks China hasn't done what they should to stop North Korea. "Either they get North Korea under control , or we're ultimately going to have a major problem," he said. He said if the Chinese don't take action, the U.S. will have to change policies in the pacific, and even have Japan build up a nuclear arsenal. While Griffith said the missile isn't an immediate threat to Virginia, he's concerned how quickly North Korea is advancing. Some experts saying the missile could eventually reach Alaska or Hawaii. "What's even more concerning is they continue to spend all of their money on this type of thing. Their people are starving, but they're spending money on military upgrades," he said. The suffering of the residents there, is a reason a Marion resident thinks the U.S. needs to get involved immediately. "The way they do their poor people over there, and they starve them to death and freeze them to death, you don't do people like that," John said. Griffith doesn't want to use military force yet, but he says if china doesn't take action, the U.S. will have to. This is something Diann Hayton, also of Marion agrees with. She said she lived in South Korea in 1973
"They are very ruthless people," she said. "I don't believe in starting it, no. I don't know that accomplishes anything. But should they make the first attempt, yes not let them overrule us," Hayton said.