Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Thursday the U.S. is not ready for an attack by North Korea despite President Donald Trump’s strong warning to the reclusive regime that further threats will be met with "fire and fury."
“If you’re prepared to really close down the economy decisively — basically the equivalent of a blockade — you might be able to have some impact,” Gingrich said about possible ways to halt further development of nuclear weaponry in North Korea. “But remember, if you do that right now and they decide to react out of desperation with nuclear weapons, we’re not prepared today for a North Korean attack scale they could launch.”
Gingrich, a close ally of Trump, said the recent attack threats on Guam are less about the U.S. territory and more about what a large American city like New York or Chicago is worth to the country. And while his viewpoints contradict Trump’s recent rhetoric, Gingrich said a large challenge is whether to take the North Koreans seriously and how to move forward with negotiations actions.
He further added that the U.S. only has a 50/50 success rate with its anti-ballistic missile system.
“Can we destroy them fast enough they don’t get single missile off? Are we totally confident we could knock down even one missile?” Gingrich questioned about possible nuclear warfare with North Korea. “We’re not prepared today, either in Seoul, Korea — which is very close to the 38th parallel and would risk enormous collateral damage — or in our own major cities to deal with the possible outcome.”