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Congressman Ted Lieu

Representing the 33rd District of California

REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON SEC. TILLERSON’S DISTURBING COMMENTS ON NORTH KOREA

March 17, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s comments about potential U.S. pre-emptive military strikes on North Korea.

"As a Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a veteran, I call on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to stop making provocative comments about pre-emptive attacks on North Korea. North Korea is a danger to regional peace and security and their leader is crazy. But fighting crazy with crazy is a recipe for disaster.”

“We need to de-escalate regional tensions on the Korean peninsula, not ratchet them up. Any attack by the U.S. on North Korea would likely result in retaliation against South Korea or Japan or other nations. What is President Trump and Secretary Tillerson’s plan for protecting the U.S. troops and civilians in South Korea and Japan from being slaughtered?”

“Any plan to fully take out North Korea’s nuclear program would also likely require a ground invasion. President Trump needs to articulate a clear strategy with regards to peace and security in the region before our Secretary of State potentially starts a war in North Korea.”

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