Rep Cook Issues Statement on North Korean ICBM Launch
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) issued the following statement on the North Korean launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Yesterday North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un defied the global community by launching a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) into the Sea of Japan. This is a direct threat to the United States and was launched on the 4th of July to send a threatening message to the American people. It’s believed that this missile could reach Alaska and it brings North Korea’s weapons technology one step closer to threatening the US mainland.
This is also a clear violation of the United Nations (UN) Security Council restrictions and a clear threat to not only the American homeland, but to Japan, South Korea, and other regional US allies. The President was right to request an emergency meeting of the Security Council, but unfortunately, China and Russia appear ready to obstruct any punitive measures against North Korea. In fact, China appears to be drawing closer to North Korea, allowing trade with the rogue state to increase dramatically in the first quarter of 2017.
North Korean despot Kim Jong-un is not a rational actor who can be trusted with nuclear capabilities. While pursuing nuclear capability and missile technology, Kim Jong-un has ignored the starvation of his own people, of which the UN World Food Program estimates that 70% are food insecure and 25% of children are stunted from hunger. He is also responsible for the murder of family members and other North Koreans he views as dissidents.
North Korea has attempted at least 11 missile launches this year alone. I strongly condemn this missile launch and call on the UN and world community to condemn it and take decisive action to stop North Korea from going down this destructive path. I also encourage the President to use all the diplomatic, economic, and, if necessary, military tools necessary to keep America and the world safe from the threat of a nuclear North Korea.