Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement today regarding North Korea's test of a nuclear device:
"North Korea's provocative nuclear test is the latest reminder of the consequences of allowing rogue nations to develop the world's most destructive weapons. For years, successive U.S. administrations called a North Korean nuclear weapon unacceptable, the same words used today to describe an Iranian nuclear weapon.
"If we repeat the mistakes of the past, the brinksmanship we are witnessing on the Korean Peninsula will replicate and multiply in the Middle East, a region already stretching the limits of security."