Murkowski pushing for international diplomacy in N. Korea Missile situation

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Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski says not enough is being done about North Korea's launch of missiles.

"I think we recognize there is more that must be done."

Pyongyang, pushing buttons. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un testing intercontinental ballistic missiles - missiles that could potentially reach Alaska.

Senator Lisa Murkowksi says the U.S. has not taken enough action against North Korea.

"We have seen an increased level of testing. Whether or not it has been successful or not successful, it doesn't seem to deter Kim Jong Un."

She suggests more cooperation from countries like China, which she says isn't pulling its weight in stopping North Korea. The Trump administration isn't taking military options off the table.
Murkowski says she would like to know before action is taken.

"Absolutely. My hope, though, is that we don't have to get there."

We asked Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Trump if the White House would notify Congress prior to any military action against North Korea. His response: we don't give our playbook away. The administration did not get Congressional approval before airstrikes on Syria in April.

"We have authorities vested in the Constitution of the United States to take actions if there's an imminent threat. The President is fully aware of those."

Gorka says North Korea isn't really a threat to the United States. He says Alaskans shouldn't worry with Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

"What we're seeing right now is an attempt by Pyongyang to blackmail the western community, and we just won't let them."

In the wake of the latest test, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is calling for further sanctions against North Korea.