May 1, 2017
Press Release


WashingtonToday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the disturbing and provocative moves recently made by the Trump Administration regarding North Korea.

“As a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I have attended classified and unclassified briefings and hearings on North Korea, listened to foreign policy experts, and studied the region. Last year I traveled to South Korea, met with the Defense Minister, and visited U.S. troops serving there. After reflecting on the provocative actions and comments by the Trump Administration, I have concluded that the Administration's march toward war with North Korea is nuts.”

“There are no good U.S. military options for North Korea. When I served on active duty in the Air Force, I was stationed at Andersen AFB in Guam and traveled to bases in Japan and South Korea. It was clear then that any U.S. attack on North Korea could quickly escalate to an all-out war in the region, resulting in millions killed or injured. That remains the situation today.”

 “While I agree North Korea is a threat to U.S. national security, the regime is still years away from being able to strike the U.S. homeland. War must always be the last resort. The Administration threatening a 'major conflict' and saying 'the sword stands ready' is irresponsible and can lead to catastrophic miscalculations. Instead, the Trump Administration needs to use all the levers of U.S. power, such as increased economic sanctions, and pursue further diplomacy. That requires articulating a clear and consistent strategy and fully funding the State Department—two things this Administration has unfortunately refused to do."