(National Sentinel) War: One of the Senate’s most reliable hawks said Monday that President Donald J. Trump has assured him he is ready to launch a military strike against North Korea — before Pyongyang is able to field a fully functional, nuclear-tipped ICBM.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said on the “Today” show that not only is the president ready to strike but that it is “inevitable” if North Korea continues its provocations and weapons development.

What’s more, Graham dispelled any notion that ‘there are no good military options’ for North Korea.

“They’re wrong,” he told Today host Matt Lauer. “There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s program and North Korea itself. If there’s going to be a war to stop him [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there, they’re not going to die here and he’s [Trump] told me that to my face.”

Continuing, Graham admitted that kind of rhetoric may sound “provocative,” but that it really isn’t. “When you’re the president of the United States, where does your allegiance lie? To the people of the United States. This man, Kim Jong Un, is threatening America with a nuclear tip missile. President Trump doesn’t want a war, the Chinese can stop this, but to China, South Korea, and Japan, Donald Trump is not going to allow this missile.”

That was a direct warning to all parties involved, by the way: Graham was saying in no uncertain terms that Trump will take action to stop North Korea’s ICBM and nuclear weapons threat after Pyongyang has continued testing upgraded versions of nuclear-capable missiles that can now reach Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago.

“I’m saying it’s inevitable unless North Korea changes because you’re making our president pick between regional stability and homeland security,” Graham noted further. “He’s having to make a choice that no president wants to make. You can stop North Korea militarily or diplomatically, I prefer the diplomatic approach. But they will not be allowed to have a missile to hit America with a nuclear weapon on top and to allow them to do that is really abandoning homeland security.”

As we have reported on numerous occasions since Trump took office, the military posture of the U.S. in the region, coupled with statements made by the president himself and his national security and foreign policy team — including calling North Korea a “clear and present danger” to the U.S. — it seems rather obvious at this point that war is coming to the Korean peninsula. Graham has all but confirmed it. Now, it’s just a matter of when – and how Trump will clear any preemptive action with Congress.

By taking care of the North Korean threat, Trump will be showing the kind of resolve necessary to move forward in dealing with Iran and Russia in the Middle East, as well as China’s aggressive South China Sea claims.

Everyone who is someone will be put on notice that this president means what he says when it comes to protecting American interests.

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