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Mr. PASCRELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H. Res. 65 and I strongly condemn the most recent North Korea nuclear weapons test.
It is unacceptable that the North Korean regime continues to ignore repeated calls from the United Nations Security Council and the international community to halt its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Despite repeated overtures from the international community, the North Korean regime continues to blatantly ignore all attempts to create a permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula.
By conducting this nuclear weapons test, the North Korean regime has decided to brazenly disregard the Agreed Framework of 1994, the Joint Statement of September 19, 2005, the Agreement of February 13, 2007, and four United Nations Security Council resolutions. On February 12, 2013 the United Nations Security Council met again and unanimously condemned the North Korean regimes most recent nuclear weapons test.
This most recent test threatens to destabilize the entirety of Northeast Asia and is a direct threat to U.S. national security. That is why I encourage President Obama and the international community to take swift action against this irresponsible and dangerous behavior. I support new and stronger sanctions against North Korea to show that we mean business. We cannot simply continue to expand previously passed sanctions--they are not working.
My heart goes out to the people of North Korea. On a daily basis, the North Korean people are subject to countless violations of their human rights including forced labor, starvation and wrongful imprisonment. Ignoring the plight of their own people, the North Korean regime would rather continue to isolate themselves, instead of reengage the international community to find meaningful and commonsense solutions. It is my hope that for the sake of their starving people, that the North Korean regime will halt any additional nuclear weapons tests.
Mr. Speaker, as the proud Representative of one of the largest Korean American populations in the country, many of whom fear for the safety of their friends and family abroad, I urge my colleagues to support this vital resolution. We must not stand idly by as North Korea continues to threaten U.S. national security and our friends and allies in the region.
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