U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today released the following statement regarding the launch by North Korea of a three-stage, long-range missile from its base at Tongchang-ri, North Korea. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
"North Korea has once again defied the United Nations, its Six-Party partners, and the world by launching a long-range rocket under the guise of a so-called "satellite test.' It is clear that Pyongyang is moving ever closer towards its ultimate goal of producing a nuclear ballistic missile in order to threaten not only our allies in the Asia-Pacific region but the U.S. as well.
"The Obama Administration's policies of appeasement through proposed talks over the past four years has done nothing to deter North Korean aggression. The Administration's statements that we will prevent the Iranian regime from going nuclear lose all credibility when one observes how North Korea has been able to brazenly flaunt all UN resolutions, sanctions, and appeals for restraint since 1993.
"The only approach Pyongyang will understand is one of action and strength. We must reinvigorate and fortify sanctions against the regime and work even more closely with our Asia-Pacific allies through increased diplomatic and defense cooperation to contain the menace of North Korea. The illusion that Kim Jong-un would be any less ruthless or provocative than his father and grandfather before him has gone up in smoke on the missile launch pad. North Korea remains the same pariah state that it is has been since the dark days of the Korean War."