‘Their hands are all over it’: China behind N. Korea’s condemnation of US talks, Sen. Graham says
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is seen with North
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has accused Beijing of being behind Pyongyang’s condemnation of recent talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while making bizarre threats to North Korea’s leadership.
Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Graham said: “I see China’s hands all over this,” adding that there is “no doubt” in his mind that China is “pulling the North Koreans back.”
Graham cited the ongoing trade war between Washington and Beijing as the possible motivation. “We’re in a fight with China.”
He went on to state that the US has “more bullets than they (China) do when it comes to trade,” stating that “we can hurt them more than they hurt us.”
Graham then had a message for Pyongyang, referencing the fact that Kim Yong Chol, a top adviser to Kim Jong-un and a former spy chief, had asked Pompeo if he slept well during his visit to North Korea.
“And to our North Korean friends, I can’t say the word friend yet. You asked Pompeo: ‘Did he sleep well?’ If you knew what I knew about what we could do to the leadership of North Korea, you wouldn’t sleep very well,” Graham said.