Rep. Duncan Hunter says he'd support declaration of war on North Korea

Posted at 9:18 AM, Sep 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-30 12:18:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Congressman Duncan Hunter did not walk back on his comments regarding a possible strike on North Korea Saturday.

Congressman Hunter (R - CA 50th District) sat down with 10News to discuss his support for a strike on North Korea.

"If the president determines that it's necessary because he's the one that's going to get that intelligence first, I'm all for it. I'm in," Hunter said.

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"Number one there is no more timeline. The timeline is over. You assume North Korea has the ability to hit mainland U.S. They may be aiming for Coronado, they may hit El Cajon," Hunter added.

Thursday, Hunter mentioned in an essay on his website that, "the U.S. should take North Korea at their word when they have repeatedly threatened attack."

He also called for alternate sanctions.

"Among these alternatives is a declaration of war and if the President were to request one, I would fully support the Commander-In-Chief in knowing the right time to strike and hit North Korea is before they hit us. The timetable for action should be decided by us, not our adversaries," Hunter wrote.

Part of the issue, Hunter said Saturday, is China's role in the situation and how that will continue to play out.

"China could end this. China could've ended this 20 years ago. China could've ended this 10 years ago. China could've ended this yesterday, and they have not," Hunter said.