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Countering a Nuclear North Korea

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. COTTON. Mr. Speaker, North Korea's nuclear test earlier this week signals an increasingly dangerous and defiant stance that the United States and our allies must confront and defeat.

The resolution before the House today condemns the North Korean Government's flagrant and repeated violations of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions and condemns its repeated provocations that threaten international peace and stability. I urge my colleagues to support this resolution.

I must add that the constraints we face in countering a nuclear North Korea highlight the urgent need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capabilities. Iran already exports murder around the world, props up illegitimate regimes like Bashir al-Assad in Syria and supports and sponsors terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. Imagine what Iran would do when acting under the umbrella of a nuclear deterrent.

The United States already faces in North Korea one outlaw regime with nuclear weapons. We cannot allow a second outlaw regime to join them.

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