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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON ESCALATING TENSIONS WITH NORTH KOREA

April 17, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding recent escalating tensions with North Korea:

“Rather than putting forward a comprehensive strategy that includes a serious diplomatic effort, the Trump Administration is reacting to Pyongyang’s provocative behavior by ratcheting up tensions. The Trump Administration's escalating moves and statements put American allies and American troops at serious risk.”

“The reality is that North Korea is still years away from having an operational ICBM that would endanger the U.S. homeland. What they have now is a massive stockpile of artillery and ballistic missiles aimed at Seoul, Tokyo, and every American military base in the region. A preemptive U.S. military strike – or a preemptive strike by a rattled North Korea – could lead to millions dead.”

“The job of the United States – the world's lone superpower – is to de-escalate conflicts and increase international norms. The military option should always be the last resort. If the Administration wishes to shut off the diplomatic option in less than 100 days, all it says is that they haven't tried very hard nor fully considered the potentially catastrophic consequences of war with North Korea. The Trump Administration needs to work with other countries to de-escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula, not lead us down the path to war.”

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