Ron DeSantis would authorize preemptive strike against North Korea given ‘evidentiary threshold’

DeSantis CBS News
'I don't think you just go willy nilly.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’d take a hard line against North Korea if necessary, including a preemptive military strike in the event evidence said they were gunning for the U.S. first.

On Tuesday’s CBS Evening News, the Florida Governor said he would do so if “you knew that there was definitely someone was about to launch a missile at you.”

“Of course, you take action to prevent and protect your people, but that would require a certain amount of evidentiary threshold,” DeSantis told Norah O’Donnell. “I don’t think you just go willy nilly.”

DeSantis also said he would keep North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, isolated diplomatically if he were President.

“Well, we have to obviously keep Kim Jong Un in a box. This is a very irrational individual, he’s prone perhaps to do irrational things. And so we will work to put him in a box and to keep the pressure on Kim Jong Un.”

The discussion of keeping Kim Jong Un “in a box” comes as the North Korean leader heads to Moscow for a meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. That meeting could lead to military cooperation, with Putin potentially trading economic aid and technology for munitions to be used in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which DeSantis has downplayed as a “territorial dispute.”

The Associated Press contributed reporting.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Rick Whitaker

    September 12, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    we need to put desantis ina box


    • Michael Gartner

      September 12, 2023 at 11:04 pm

      I couldn’t agree more with you and count the number of irrational, un-American, dangerous thoughts and plans this Sociopath espouses. When will the American public finally see him for who he isn’t.


  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    September 12, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Good evening America,
    The moon faces in South Korea are so nice and polite when compared to their Northern moon face brethern.
    “The NORK’s” as Rush monikered them are truely the @55 whole’s of the Korean peninsula if not the world.
    The Ronald is correct in that whenever one must deal with @55 whole’s its always best to get their attention by a pre-emptive smash to their moon face. Theres nothing like blood spurting forth from the nose with every heart beat to get an @55 whole to pay you a little respect.
    Just try coming at an @55 whole all diplomatic and nicey-nice…they will always chew you up and spit you out.
    Great plan “The Ronald”,


  • PeterH

    September 12, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    DeSantis narrative is that of a ten year old. Yet another toddler of a more dangerous flavor!


  • My Take

    September 12, 2023 at 9:17 pm

    Speaking of premptive strike.
    ĎeSStabus should file a 14th Amendment suit against Trump’s being on the ballot in Florida.
    It might work via apoplexy if not legally.


  • Richard Russell

    September 13, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    This is why we need DJT back in the White House before one of the others starts World War III


  • Richard Russell

    September 13, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    Ronny, do you remember your name sake: Ronald Wilson Reagan who floored his 1984 opponent by saying: “he would not, for political reasons use his opponents youth and inexperience against him!” I know you are a young fella, but surely you must have heard what Reagan said to Mondell. Trump can handle every situation you are concerned or should be concerned about. So relax and feel comfortable everything will be fine on Jan 20, 2025 when Trump returns.


    • Bwj

      September 17, 2023 at 8:50 pm

      Trump just admitted that he broke the laws of our country. No thanks.


  • tom palmer

    September 13, 2023 at 5:51 pm

    I thought I had heard Gov. DeSantis’ nuttiest pronouncements earlier in nis campaign, but NO!


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