Sen. Nelson: U.S. ready for North Korea and the reckless actions of its young leader
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been growing for the past month. On April 7, new reports came in saying that North Korea blocked hundreds of South Korean workers from entering a joint industrial complex that had been the symbol of cooperation between North and South Korea.
These latest actions comes after weeks of threats against the U.S., which includes warnings of launching a preemptive nuclear strike and warnings for embassies to evacuate before April 10. Most recently, North Korea said it plans to restart a nuclear reactor it had shut down five years ago.
"We've been through this before with his father (Kim Jong Il)," Nelson said. "The difference is North Korea now has nuclear weapons. The United States is ready though. If he does anything he shouldn't be doing, he's going to pay a very significant penalty."
Nelson is not alone with his comments. Other senators, including U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have echoed similar remarks and are questioning Kim Jong-un's stability.