Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Boehner: North Korea’s Aggression Demands Strong Response, Bolsters Case for Missile Defense

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and its test launches of short-range ballistic missiles:

“North Korea’s nuclear test and its continuing short-range ballistic missile tests demonstrate the need for a strong and coordinated response, both from the United States and the international community. We cannot allow North Korea to become a nuclear state that threatens to sell its nuclear secrets to the highest bidder. Those who think the status quo is containable and sustainable are mistaken.

“North Korea’s brazen act of aggression should strengthen our resolve for a multi-layered missile defense system, capable of protecting our nation and our allies. It is time for Democrats to come forward and support a missile defense system that will strengthen America’s national defense.

“Rewarding continual defiance with appeasement and dialogue will only provide North Korea with more time to achieve the status of a regional nuclear power. That would send the wrong message to other rogue regimes around the world. The world is waiting to see how we respond to this hostile and provocative act.”

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