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Missile Defense discussion during presidential debates

Note: Plans for missile defense against North Korea were revealed by many candidates during the republican debate, on March 3rd 2016 in Detroit, MI and during the republican debate on February 6, 2016 in New Hampshire. Click on at the begining of the comments to go to the exact point in the transcript of the debate.

a five-prong strategy against missile threat of North Korea (Mar 03, 2016)

Note: NYT reported that "Kim Jong-un tells military to have nuclear warheads on standby." just before the start of the 11th republican debate on March 3rd, 2016.

on Kim Jong-un's order to make nuclear weapons ready :I'd like to move on to Senator Cruz. Senator, we have some breaking news tonight. North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-un, has ordered that country's nuclear weapons to be made ready at a moment's notice.(Mar 03, 2016)

Yes. Yes.

question to CRUZ on his missile defense plan : And this comes just hours after the U.N. Security Council announced that -- approved the toughest sanctions in two decades against that country. Assume you're President Cruz tonight. What do you do? (Mar 03, 2016)

on sending another carrier group to the South China Sea : Well, you're right, the news is very disturbing that Kim Jong-un has put their nuclear weapons on ready state. I'm glad that we're sending another carrier group to the South China Sea. (Mar 03, 2016)

on sanctions against North Korea : I'm glad that Congress passed sanctions on North Korea. But this is all the result of the failures of the Clinton administration two decades ago that negotiated a deal with North Korea lifting the sanctions, allowing billions of dollars to flow in, and they used that money to develop nuclear weapons in the first place. What we -- now we're in a much harder position. When you have a lunatic with nuclear weapons, to some extent, it constrains your options. (Mar 03, 2016)

on placing THADD missile defense in South Korea : We -- we need to be putting in place missile defense, such as the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. (Mar 03, 2016)

on pursuing space-based missile defense : We need to be pursuing space-based missile defense. One of the advantages of space-based missile defense is that if you have a missile launch in North Korea or you have a missile launch in Iran, a space-based missile defense can take out one or two or three missiles before it can cross over and do damage. (Mar 03, 2016)

on putting pressure on China : And we also need to be putting pressure on China, because North Korea is effectively a -- a client state of China. All of that will happen with a strong commander-in-chief that is devoted to keeping this country safe. (Mar 03, 2016)

on a five-prong strategy against North Korea missile threat : Well, you're right, the news is very disturbing that Kim Jong-un has put their nuclear weapons on ready state. I'm glad that we're sending another carrier group to the South China Sea. I'm glad that Congress passed sanctions on North Korea. But this is all the result of the failures of the Clinton administration two decades ago that negotiated a deal with North Korea lifting the sanctions, allowing billions of dollars to flow in, and they used that money to develop nuclear weapons in the first place. What we -- now we're in a much harder position. When you have a lunatic with nuclear weapons, to some extent, it constrains your options. We need to be moving the carrier -- carrier group to the South China Seas. We -- we need to be putting in place missile defense, such as the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. We need to be pursuing space-based missile defense. One of the advantages of space-based missile defense is that if you have a missile launch in North Korea or you have a missile launch in Iran, a space-based missile defense can take out one or two or three missiles before it can cross over and do damage. And we also need to be putting pressure on China, because North Korea is effectively a -- a client state of China. All of that will happen with a strong commander-in-chief that is devoted to keeping this country safe. (Mar 03, 2016)

Missile defense capacity, missile defense interceptors and threat of a satellite with a nuclear device placed in it. (Feb 06, 2016)

Note: On Feb 6, 2016, before the start of the 8th republican debate Reuters had reported that "North Korean rocket puts object into space..."

question to CRUZ on missile defense plan : It was reported just moments ago that the North Koreans test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea has nuclear weapons, and conducted another nuclear test just last month. The missile that was launched is the kind the North Koreans hope could someday carry a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States. How would you respond if Commander in Chief to that launch? (Feb 06, 2016)

on missile defense capacity, missile defense interceptors and threat of a satellite wth a nuclear device placed in it : Well, I would note, initially the fact that we're seeing the launch, and we're seeing the launch from a nuclear North Korea is the direct result of the failures of the first Clinton administration. The Clinton administration led the world in relaxing sanctions against North Korea. Billions of dollars flowed into North Korea in exchange for promises not to build nuclear weapons. They took those billions and built nuclear weapons. And, I would note also the lead negotiator in that failed North Korea sanctions deal was a woman named Wendy Sherman who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promptly recruited to come back to be the lead negotiator with Iran. So, what we are seeing with North Korea is foreshadowing of where we will be with Iran. With respect to North Korea and what we should do now, one of the first things we should do is expand our missile defense capacity. We ought to put missile defense interceptors in South Korea. South Korea wants them. One of the real risks of this launch, North Korea wants to launch a satellite, and one of the greatest risks of the satellite is they would place a nuclear device in the satellite. As it would orbit around the Earth, and as it got over the United States they would detonate that nuclear weapon and set of what's called an EMP, and electromagnetic pulse which could take down the entire electrical grid on the Eastern seaboard, potentially killing millions. We need to harden the grid to defend ourselves, and we need missile defense to protect ourselves against North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

Candidates' comments on North Korea preceded by questions from debate moderators.

Note: Questions and comments on North Korea, from two debates, March 3rd, 2016 and Feb 6, 2016 are shown.

March 3rd, 2016 North Korea-related comments during the debate moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News

on Kim Jong-un : And gentlemen, we're going to focus for a bit now on foreign policy. Senator Rubio, you like to take a shot at Mr. Trump on the campaign trail saying that negotiating a hotel deal in a foreign country is not foreign policy. The other day you even compared him to Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as lunatics trying to get a hold of nuclear weapons. Please tell Mr. Trump why he's unprepared to be commander-in- chief. (Mar 03, 2016)

on Kim Jong-un : Yeah, I just want to -- a couple points. Once again, he was pressed on a policy issue to show his understanding of the foreign policy, and his reaction was just to attack somebody else with a name. Here's the bottom line. And I'm going to repeat it again. The world today is as complicated and as complex as it has been certainly in a very -- certainly in the lifetime of anybody here today. You indeed do have a lunatic in North Korea with nuclear weapons. You indeed do have the Chinese government taking over the most important shipping lane in the world. And Vladimir Putin, who you've expressed admiration for, Donald... (Mar 03, 2016)

on North Korea's nuclear weapons readiness : Gentlemen, you both have had a chance to talk. You both have had a chance to talk a couple of times. I'd like to move on to Senator Cruz. Senator, we have some breaking news tonight. North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-un, has ordered that country's nuclear weapons to be made ready at a moment's notice.(Mar 03, 2016)

Yes. Yes.

on sanctions : And this comes just hours after the U.N. Security Council announced that -- approved the toughest sanctions in two decades against that country. Assume you're President Cruz tonight. What do you do? (Mar 03, 2016)

on moving carrier group to South China Sea : Well, you're right, the news is very disturbing that Kim Jong-un has put their nuclear weapons on ready state. I'm glad that we're sending another carrier group to the South China Sea. I'm glad that Congress passed sanctions on North Korea. But this is all the result of the failures of the Clinton administration two decades ago that negotiated a deal with North Korea lifting the sanctions, allowing billions of dollars to flow in, and they used that money to develop nuclear weapons in the first place. What we -- now we're in a much harder position. When you have a lunatic with nuclear weapons, to some extent, it constrains your options. We need to be moving the carrier -- carrier group to the South China Seas. We -- we need to be putting in place missile defense, such as the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. We need to be pursuing space-based missile defense. One of the advantages of space-based missile defense is that if you have a missile launch in North Korea or you have a missile launch in Iran, a space-based missile defense can take out one or two or three missiles before it can cross over and do damage. And we also need to be putting pressure on China, because North Korea is effectively a -- a client state of China. All of that will happen with a strong commander-in-chief that is devoted to keeping this country safe. (Mar 03, 2016)
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Feb, 6 2016 North Korea-related comments, during the debate moderated by Martha RADDATZ of ABC News

on North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test : Senator Cruz, you are a first term Senator as well. Your opponents say you, like Senator Rubio, are not prepared to be Commander in Chief. You have talked tough about threats we face in the Mid-East. It was reported just moments ago that the North Koreans test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea has nuclear weapons, and conducted another nuclear test just last month. The missile that was launched is the kind the North Koreans hope could someday carry a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States. How would you respond if Commander in Chief to that launch? ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Well, I would note, initially the fact that we're seeing the launch, and we're seeing the launch from a nuclear North Korea is the direct result of the failures of the first Clinton administration. The Clinton administration led the world in relaxing sanctions against North Korea. Billions of dollars flowed into North Korea in exchange for promises not to build nuclear weapons. They took those billions and built nuclear weapons. And, I would note also the lead negotiator in that failed North Korea sanctions deal was a woman named Wendy Sherman who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promptly recruited to come back to be the lead negotiator with Iran. So, what we are seeing with North Korea is foreshadowing of where we will be with Iran. With respect to North Korea and what we should do now, one of the first things we should do is expand our missile defense capacity. We ought to put missile defense interceptors in South Korea. South Korea wants them. One of the real risks of this launch, North Korea wants to launch a satellite, and one of the greatest risks of the satellite is they would place a nuclear device in the satellite. As it would orbit around the Earth, and as it got over the United States they would detonate that nuclear weapon and set of what's called an EMP, and electromagnetic pulse which could take down the entire electrical grid on the Eastern seaboard, potentially killing millions. We need to harden the grid to defend ourselves, and we need missile defense to protect ourselves against North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Well, let me ask you this, if you were Commander in Chief tonight would you have order the U.S.military to destroy that missile preemptively on the launchpad to prevent North Korea from becoming an even graver threat? (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : ... Actually, with respect, I have gotten the intelligence briefings on the Mid-East. Those have been going on for many years. I haven't gotten the intelligence briefing tonight on what North Korea's doing because I'm here in new Hampshire. When you're responding to an immediate incident, you need to know the intelligence of what's occurring. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : OK. Thank you, Senator Rubio. Governor Kasich, how would you respond to tonight's launch? ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Well, we've got to to step up the pressure. And by the way, I've gotta say, after being here, every one of my 100 town hall meetings in New Hampshire were a lot more fun than what I saw here today, were so much more positive. Look, in terms of North Korea, Martha, we have to make sure that we intercept both the ships and their aircraft, because what they're trying to do is to proliferate this very dangerous material, along with the -- with the technology, the instruments that can be used for mass destruction. That's what I worry about the most, frankly, is non-state actors, people who don't have a uniform, people don't have a country, who can spread this, who are not subject to the -- to the mutual assured defense. In other words, you strike us, we strike you. Some of these radicals, they don't care about that. That's what I worry about, for my children, and for their children, going forward. So, we have to be very tough. And we should tell the Chinese, look, if you're not going to do this ballistic missile defense to the Koreans, ballistic missile defense to Japan -- and by the way, we should impose the same kind of sanctions on North Korea that we imposed on Iran, because they're able to shift money. They're able to send money and receive money. (BELL RINGS) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : We've gotta to be very tough on this. And frankly, I think we could have -- I think we could have let the Japanese know that if you want to take action on that -- on that missile that's rising, you want to take action -- you will have our support, if that's what you think is the best thing to do. We cannot continue to be weak in the face of the North Koreans, or, frankly, in the entire rest of the world. Martha, this is -- this is the -- relates... ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Thank you, Governor Bush. Mr. Trump, do you have a red line with North Korea? Would you consider military action? And how far would you let them go? (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Well, let me say a couple of things. First of all, Marco said earlier on that President Obama knows exactly what he's doing, like we have this president that really knows. I disagree, respectfully, with Marco. I think we have a president who, as a president, is totally incompetent, and he doesn't know what he's doing. (APPLAUSE) I think he has no idea what he's doing. And our country is going to hell. So, I just want to say, we disagree on that. Is that okay? ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Yeah. I have a -- I got mentioned, can I respond? ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : And I'd like him to finish the question, please. ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : As to North Korea? (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Specific -- as to North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

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on North Korea : We have -- tremendous -- has been just sucked out of our country by China. China says they don't have that good of control over North Korea. They have tremendous control. I deal with the Chinese all of the time. I do tremendous -- the largest bank in the world is in one of my buildings in Manhattan. I deal with them. They tell me. They have total, absolute control, practically, of North Korean . They are sucking trillions of dollars out of our country -- they're rebuilding China with the money they take out of our country. I would get on with China, let China solve that problem. (BELL RINGS) They can do it quickly and surgically. That's what we should do with North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Senator Rubio, you were mentioned. (APPLAUSE) ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Here's the broader point, as well, and then I think it touches on what Donald just mentioned. Barack Obama views America as this arrogant global power that needed to be cut down to size. OK? North Korea ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : This is a president that views this country as a country that's been too powerful in the world and we create problems around the world. For example, it's one of the reasons why he had betrayed Israel, because he believes that if we create separation from Israel, it will help our relations in the Islamic world. The same is happening in the Asia-Pacific region with accommodations to North Korea. North Korean should be back on that list of terrorist nations, as an example. And Donald's absolutely right. China does have a lot of influence over North Korea and he should be leveraging our relationship with the Chinese to ensure that North Korea no longer has access to the resources that have allowed them -- a country that has no economy to develop long range missiles already capable of reaching the west coast of the United States potentially. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Thank you very much, Senator Rubio. Governor Bush, another problem facing the commander-in-chief right now is that North Korea is currently detaining an American college student. What would you do to get that college student back home? (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Well, first of all, it's interesting that that happened literally days when this hostage release took place in Iran. A day or two days afterwards, North Korea took a -- held an American student hostage. I think it's when we send a signal of weakness, when we are negotiating to release people that committed crimes in our country for people that didn't commit crimes that are held hostage in Iran. We saw the shameful treatment of our sailors, that this creates weakness -- sends a signal of weakness around the world. The next president of the United States is going to have to get back in the game. Where the United States' word matters. Where we back up our allies, where we don't send signals of weakness. We need to use every -- every influence possible to get this student back. And I think John is right about this, there are crippling sanctions that are available, as it relates to the two or three banks that North Korea uses to -- to -- use it -- illicit trade. We ought to re-establish sanctions, not just because of the student, but because of their actions that they're taking right now, as it relates to building this missile capability. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Governor Christie, I want to go to you on the same question. (APPLAUSE) ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Let's get something... ) (Feb 06, 2016)

on negotiating with North Korea : Would you negotiate with North Korea to... (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : No. Let's make something very clear. I learned seven years as a federal prosecutor in dealing with types of situations like we're talking about in North Korea, where criminals take people hostage. You never pay ransom to the criminals. Ever. You never pay ransom to the criminals. Everyone out at home watching tonight understands that principle. And so, what you need to do is to engage in a much different way with these folks. They do not understand anything but toughness and strength, and we need to engage the Chinese to deal with the North Koreans, but we also need to make sure that they understand there's a commander-in-chief who will not pay ransom for any hostage. This president and his former secretary of State are for paying ransom for hostages. When do that, you endanger even more Americans around the world to be the subject of this type of hostage taking and illegal detention. You need a strong commander-in-chief who will look these folks in the eye and say, we will not put up with this and we will take whatever actions we need to take, not only to get our people home safely, but to swiftly and surely punish those who believe they can violate the law and violate American's sovereign rights to travel the world freely and safely. This is unacceptable. And this is why this president is so weak and why the secretary of State, who is embracing a third Barack Obama term, would be even weaker. (Feb 06, 2016)

There are 29 entries in presidential candidates on North Korea

Index to presidential candidates' comments on North Korea

Missile Defense:   missile defense capacity(1)    missile defense interceptors(1)   missile defense, space-based(1)   missile defense system, THADD(1)   missile, intercontinental ballistic(1)   missile launch(1)  

Other Issues:   banks(1)   China(2)   client state(1)   Clinton administration(1)   electromagnetic pulse(1)   hostage(1)   intercontinental ballistic missile(1)   Iran(2)   Kim Jong-un(3)   Koreans(1)   negotiator(1)   Norh Korea(34)   North Koreans(2)   North Korea sanctions deal(1)   nuclear test(1)   red line(1)   sanctions(2)   satellite(1)   South China Sea(1)   South Korea(2)   space-based missile defense(1)   THAAD missile defense system(1)   Trump(1)   Wendy Sherman(1)   west coast(1)  

There are 65 entries in the Index to Presidential Candidates's comments on North Korea.

Comments related to North Korea by Bush, Cruz, Christie, Kasich and Rubio plus questions by debate moderators

on banks : And I think John is right about this, there are crippling sanctions that are available, as it relates to the two or three banks that North Korea uses to -- to -- use it -- illicit trade. (Feb 06, 2016)

on China, : And we also need to be putting pressure on China, because North Korea is effectively a -- a client state of China. (Mar 03, 2016)

on China : And Donald's absolutely right. China does have a lot of influence over North Korea and he should be leveraging our relationship with the Chinese to ensure that North Korea no longer has access to the resources that have allowed them -- a country that has no economy to develop long range missiles already capable of reaching the west coast of the United States potentially. (Feb 06, 2016)

on client state : And we also need to be putting pressure on China, because North Korea is effectively a -- a client state of China. (Mar 03, 2016)

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on Clinton administration : The Clinton administration led the world in relaxing sanctions against North Korea. Billions of dollars flowed into North Korea in exchange for promises not to build nuclear weapons. (Feb 06, 2016)

on electromagnetic pulse : As it would orbit around the Earth, and as it got over the United States they would detonate that nuclear weapon and set of what's called an EMP, and electromagnetic pulse which could take down the entire electrical grid on the Eastern seaboard, potentially killing millions. (Feb 06, 2016)

on hostage. : A day or two days afterwards, North Korea took a -- held an American student hostage. (Feb 06, 2016)

on intercontinental ballistic missile. : Senator Cruz, you are a first term Senator as well. Your opponents say you, like Senator Rubio, are not prepared to be Commander in Chief. You have talked tough about threats we face in the Mid-East. It was reported just moments ago that the North Koreans test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea has nuclear weapons, and conducted another nuclear test just last month. The missile that was launched is the kind the North Koreans hope could someday carry a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States. How would you respond if Commander in Chief to that launch? (Feb 06, 2016)

on Iran, : We need to be pursuing space-based missile defense. One of the advantages of space-based missile defense is that if you have a missile launch in North Korea or you have a missile launch in Iran, a space-based missile defense can take out one or two or three missiles before it can cross over and do damage. (Mar 03, 2016)

on Iran. : So, what we are seeing with North Korea is foreshadowing of where we will be with Iran. (Feb 06, 2016)

on Kim Jong-un, : And gentlemen, we're going to focus for a bit now on foreign policy. Senator Rubio, you like to take a shot at Mr. Trump on the campaign trail saying that negotiating a hotel deal in a foreign country is not foreign policy. The other day you even compared him to Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as lunatics trying to get a hold of nuclear weapons. Please tell Mr. Trump why he's unprepared to be commander-in- chief. (Mar 03, 2016)

on Kim Jong-un, : Senator, we have some breaking news tonight. North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-un, has ordered that country's nuclear weapons to be made ready at a moment's notice. (Mar 03, 2016)

on Kim Jong-un : Well, you're right, the news is very disturbing that Kim Jong-un has put their nuclear weapons on ready state. I'm glad that we're sending another carrier group to the South China Sea. I'm glad that Congress passed sanctions on North Korea. (Mar 03, 2016)

on Koreans, : And we should tell the Chinese, look, if you're not going to do this ballistic missile defense to the Koreans, ballistic missile defense to Japan -- and by the way, we should impose the same kind of sanctions on North Korea that we imposed on Iran, because they're able to shift money. (Feb 06, 2016)

on missile defense capacity. : With respect to North Korea and what we should do now, one of the first things we should do is expand our missile defense capacity. (Feb 06, 2016)

on missile defense interceptors : We ought to put missile defense interceptors in South Korea. South Korea wants them. (Feb 06, 2016)

on missile launch : We need to be pursuing space-based missile defense. One of the advantages of space-based missile defense is that if you have a missile launch in North Korea or you have a missile launch in Iran, a space-based missile defense can take out one or two or three missiles before it can cross over and do damage. (Mar 03, 2016)

on negotiator : And, I would note also the lead negotiator in that failed North Korea sanctions deal was a woman named Wendy Sherman who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promptly recruited to come back to be the lead negotiator with Iran. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea's : ... Actually, with respect, I have gotten the intelligence briefings on the Mid-East. Those have been going on for many years. I haven't gotten the intelligence briefing tonight on what North Korea's doing because I'm here in new Hampshire. (Feb 06, 2016)

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on North Korea's : Senator, we have some breaking news tonight. North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong-un, has ordered that country's nuclear weapons to be made ready at a moment's notice. (Mar 03, 2016)

on North Korea, : No. Let's make something very clear. I learned seven years as a federal prosecutor in dealing with types of situations like we're talking about in North Korea, where criminals take people hostage. ( id, No )

on North Korea, : Look, in terms of North Korea, Martha, we have to make sure that we intercept both the ships and their aircraft, because what they're trying to do is to proliferate this very dangerous material, along with the -- with the technology, the instruments that can be used for mass destruction. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea. : You know, I was hoping to get a chance to talk about North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea. : The Clinton administration led the world in relaxing sanctions against North Korea. Billions of dollars flowed into North Korea in exchange for promises not to build nuclear weapons. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea. : We need to harden the grid to defend ourselves, and we need missile defense to protect ourselves against North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea. : Well, you're right, the news is very disturbing that Kim Jong-un has put their nuclear weapons on ready state. I'm glad that we're sending another carrier group to the South China Sea. I'm glad that Congress passed sanctions on North Korea. (Mar 03, 2016)

on North Korea. : Well, you know, David, I -- I've just spent a lot of time here in this state, as I mentioned earlier, and we have to have practical solutions, just like we were just talking about a few minutes ago on North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea. : Specific -- as to North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea. : The same is happening in the Asia-Pacific region with accommodations to North Korea. North Korean should be back on that list of terrorist nations, as an example. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea. : China says they don't have that good of control over North Korea. They have tremendous control. I deal with the Chinese all of the time. I do tremendous -- the largest bank in the world is in one of my buildings in Manhattan. I deal with them. They tell me. They have total, absolute control, practically, of North Korean . They are sucking trillions of dollars out of our country -- they're rebuilding China with the money they take out of our country. I would get on with China, let China solve that problem. (BELL RINGS) They can do it quickly and surgically. That's what we should do with North Korea. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : A day or two days afterwards, North Korea took a -- held an American student hostage. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : And I think John is right about this, there are crippling sanctions that are available, as it relates to the two or three banks that North Korea uses to -- to -- use it -- illicit trade. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : One of the real risks of this launch, North Korea wants to launch a satellite, and one of the greatest risks of the satellite is they would place a nuclear device in the satellite. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : So, what we are seeing with North Korea is foreshadowing of where we will be with Iran. (Feb 06, 2016)

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on North Korea : Well, I would note, initially the fact that we're seeing the launch, and we're seeing the launch from a nuclear North Korea is the direct result of the failures of the first Clinton administration. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : With respect to North Korea and what we should do now, one of the first things we should do is expand our missile defense capacity. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : And we also need to be putting pressure on China, because North Korea is effectively a -- a client state of China. (Mar 03, 2016)

on North Korea : But this is all the result of the failures of the Clinton administration two decades ago that negotiated a deal with North Korea lifting the sanctions, allowing billions of dollars to flow in, and they used that money to develop nuclear weapons in the first place. (Mar 03, 2016)

on North Korea : We need to be pursuing space-based missile defense. One of the advantages of space-based missile defense is that if you have a missile launch in North Korea or you have a missile launch in Iran, a space-based missile defense can take out one or two or three missiles before it can cross over and do damage. (Mar 03, 2016)

on North Korea : And we should tell the Chinese, look, if you're not going to do this ballistic missile defense to the Koreans, ballistic missile defense to Japan -- and by the way, we should impose the same kind of sanctions on North Korea that we imposed on Iran, because they're able to shift money. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Senator Cruz, you are a first term Senator as well. Your opponents say you, like Senator Rubio, are not prepared to be Commander in Chief. You have talked tough about threats we face in the Mid-East. It was reported just moments ago that the North Koreans test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea has nuclear weapons, and conducted another nuclear test just last month. The missile that was launched is the kind the North Koreans hope could someday carry a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States. How would you respond if Commander in Chief to that launch? (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Well, let me ask you this, if you were Commander in Chief tonight would you have order the U.S.military to destroy that missile preemptively on the launchpad to prevent North Korea from becoming an even graver threat? (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Mr. Trump, do you have a red line with North Korea? Would you consider military action? And how far would you let them go? (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Would you negotiate with North Korea to... (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : And Donald's absolutely right. China does have a lot of influence over North Korea and he should be leveraging our relationship with the Chinese to ensure that North Korea no longer has access to the resources that have allowed them -- a country that has no economy to develop long range missiles already capable of reaching the west coast of the United States potentially. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : And Donald's absolutely right. China does have a lot of influence over North Korea and he should be leveraging our relationship with the Chinese to ensure that North Korea no longer has access to the resources that have allowed them -- a country that has no economy to develop long range missiles already capable of reaching the west coast of the United States potentially. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : Governor Bush, another problem facing the commander-in-chief right now is that North Korea is currently detaining an American college student. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea : You indeed do have a lunatic in North Korea with nuclear weapons. (Mar 03, 2016)

on North Korean : And gentlemen, we're going to focus for a bit now on foreign policy. Senator Rubio, you like to take a shot at Mr. Trump on the campaign trail saying that negotiating a hotel deal in a foreign country is not foreign policy. The other day you even compared him to Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as lunatics trying to get a hold of nuclear weapons. Please tell Mr. Trump why he's unprepared to be commander-in- chief. (Mar 03, 2016)

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on North Koreans, : They do not understand anything but toughness and strength, and we need to engage the Chinese to deal with the North Koreans, but we also need to make sure that they understand there's a commander-in-chief who will not pay ransom for any hostage. ( id, No )

on North Koreans, : We cannot continue to be weak in the face of the North Koreans, or, frankly, in the entire rest of the world. (Feb 06, 2016)

on North Korea sanctions deal : And, I would note also the lead negotiator in that failed North Korea sanctions deal was a woman named Wendy Sherman who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promptly recruited to come back to be the lead negotiator with Iran. (Feb 06, 2016)

on nuclear test : Senator Cruz, you are a first term Senator as well. Your opponents say you, like Senator Rubio, are not prepared to be Commander in Chief. You have talked tough about threats we face in the Mid-East. It was reported just moments ago that the North Koreans test launched an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea has nuclear weapons, and conducted another nuclear test just last month. The missile that was launched is the kind the North Koreans hope could someday carry a nuclear weapon capable of reaching the United States. How would you respond if Commander in Chief to that launch? (Feb 06, 2016)

on red line : Mr. Trump, do you have a red line with North Korea? Would you consider military action? And how far would you let them go? (Feb 06, 2016)

on sanctions : And I think John is right about this, there are crippling sanctions that are available, as it relates to the two or three banks that North Korea uses to -- to -- use it -- illicit trade. (Feb 06, 2016)

on sanctions : And we should tell the Chinese, look, if you're not going to do this ballistic missile defense to the Koreans, ballistic missile defense to Japan -- and by the way, we should impose the same kind of sanctions on North Korea that we imposed on Iran, because they're able to shift money. (Feb 06, 2016)

on satellite, : One of the real risks of this launch, North Korea wants to launch a satellite, and one of the greatest risks of the satellite is they would place a nuclear device in the satellite. (Feb 06, 2016)

on South China Sea. : Well, you're right, the news is very disturbing that Kim Jong-un has put their nuclear weapons on ready state. I'm glad that we're sending another carrier group to the South China Sea. I'm glad that Congress passed sanctions on North Korea. (Mar 03, 2016)

on South Korea. : We ought to put missile defense interceptors in South Korea. South Korea wants them. (Feb 06, 2016)

on South Korea. : We -- we need to be putting in place missile defense, such as the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. (Mar 03, 2016)

on space-based missile defense. : We need to be pursuing space-based missile defense. One of the advantages of space-based missile defense is that if you have a missile launch in North Korea or you have a missile launch in Iran, a space-based missile defense can take out one or two or three missiles before it can cross over and do damage. (Mar 03, 2016)

on THAAD missile defense system : We -- we need to be putting in place missile defense, such as the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. (Mar 03, 2016)

on Trump, : Mr. Trump, do you have a red line with North Korea? Would you consider military action? And how far would you let them go? (Feb 06, 2016)

on Wendy Sherman : And, I would note also the lead negotiator in that failed North Korea sanctions deal was a woman named Wendy Sherman who Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promptly recruited to come back to be the lead negotiator with Iran. (Feb 06, 2016)

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on west coast : And Donald's absolutely right. China does have a lot of influence over North Korea and he should be leveraging our relationship with the Chinese to ensure that North Korea no longer has access to the resources that have allowed them -- a country that has no economy to develop long range missiles already capable of reaching the west coast of the United States potentially. (Feb 06, 2016)


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