REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON TRUMP BEING PRESENTED WITH MILITARY OPTIONS FOR NORTH KOREA

June 29, 2017
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in light of reports that President Trump is being presented with military options for North Korea.

“Reports that the President is being presented with military options for North Korea are highly disturbing.  Any US attack on North Korea without congressional authorization would be flat out unconstitutional.  Such an attack could also lead to uncontrolled escalation, putting at risk over a hundred and fifty thousand Americans on the Korean peninsula and millions of South Koreans.”

“North Korea is years away from striking the US homeland with an ICBM.  The Just War Doctrine—and common sense—teaches us that military force should only be used as a last resort.  We are nowhere near that stage.  The Trump Administration needs to employ diplomacy and all other non-military tools of US power before going down the dark and bloody road of war with a country that has nuclear weapons."

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