Two months have passed since the horrific sinking of the ROKS Cheonan in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea. Last week, representatives from the South Korean embassy shared with Congress the results of a team of international investigators from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, and South Korea, which determined the cause of this tragedy to be the firing of a torpedo from a North Korean submarine. Since the report was released, the South Korean government and the United States have taken steps to ensure the peace and security of the people of South Korea while also responding firmly to this latest provocation by the authoritarian North Korean regime. I fully support the efforts undertaken by the United States and South Korea to punish this act of aggression, while also maintaining the peace and security of the people of Korea and the more than 28,000 U.S. military personnel stationed in the Republic of Korea.
I also wish to express my sympathy and condolences to the people of South Korea during this time. Given the growing Korean-American population in the Seventh District of Georgia, and the economic ties that have been developed between the Republic of Korea and Gwinnett County, this situation is of particular concern to me. I urge the President and the Secretary of State to continue to fully support and work with the Republic of Korea to ensure that the South Koreans never face another act of such brutality. Congress has been receiving regular briefings from the Embassy of South Korea on the tragic event from the outset, and I will continue to monitor the situation on the Korean peninsula closely in the coming months.