McCain on Expected N.Korean Missile Launch: Shoot It Down

This picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows the December 2012 launch of the Unha-3 rocket, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, as shown on a large screen at a satellite control center in North Korea. (AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS via Getty)

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., knows just what President Barack Obama and his national security team should do if North Korea, as expected, test fires a long-range missile this week.

The commander in chief should order the U.S. military to shoot it down.

Here’s what McCain said in a statement issued Monday afternoon:

“As the world waits to see whether North Korea will act on its threat to test launch a medium-range ballistic missile, I maintain that the United States should treat any North Korean missile launch as a threat to our national security and our allies, and that we should shoot it down once it leaves North Korean airspace. North Korea’s leaders should have no doubt that the United States of America has both the capability and the will to eliminate the threats they seek to pose to international peace and stability.”

Shooting down another sovereign nation’s weapon of war certainly would send a message. It would also be a clear act of war. Notably, McCain’s statement does not cover fallout nor propose steps Washington should or could take after shooting down a North Korean missile.

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett