Former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush, a Republican, said he believes the United States should not be using nuclear weapons as a deterrent against North Korea.
He made the remarks in a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Bush said the U.S. has a long and bloody history of using nuclear weaponry.
“I don’t think it’s fair to use a weapon that is so inherently deadly,” Bush said.
“The United States of America has been at war for over 200 years, and I don’t want to see another war.
I don,t want to think of another world where we don’t have a nuclear weapon.”
The remarks by Bush, who was elected in 2016, come amid increasing tensions with North Korea following Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test in September and an April rocket launch that failed.
Bush has also expressed doubts about the U-2 spy plane, which is used by U.N. forces to spy on North Korea, and criticized the U and South Korea’s military exercises, which have raised questions about their future effectiveness.
Bush said North Korea’s threats are dangerous.
“North Korea has a history of developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and it will continue to do so,” he said.
“It is a dangerous time for us to see the North Koreans develop nuclear weapons.
North Korea is making threats against the United Kingdom and the United Nations and we should not ignore that threat.””
We need to be prepared, we need to respond, and we need the world to recognize that North Korea does not belong to any side in the world and that we are bound by our common values and the values of democracy, freedom and the rule of law,” Bush continued.”
The only way to protect the people of North Korea and the people around the world is to remain united and to be tough in dealing with North Korean aggression.”
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