WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the senior Republican member of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, responded to the international civilian-military investigation team report that concludes there was “overwhelming evidence” proving that on March 26, a North Korean submarine fired a torpedo and sunk the South Korean naval warship, Cheonan, killing 46 sailors.
“The United States must stop dismissing North Korea as a threat and hold them accountable for this attack,” said Inhofe. “This recent event further proves that they are a significant threat to the rest of the world. The United States must stay committed to ending North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities, and stop them from selling missiles, materials and technology to other countries, including Iran. It is simply unacceptable for this to continue.”
The Associated Press quoted North Korean Navy spokesman Colonel Pak In Ho as saying that "'If the (South Korean) enemies try to deal any retaliation or punishment, or if they try sanctions or a strike on us .... we will answer to this with all-out war.” In response, Senator Inhofe said: “Clearly, North Korea has already committed an act of war by sinking the Cheonan, and this statement is yet another example of their perverted logic in the face of incontrovertible facts.”
Inhofe continued, “For nearly 60 years, the United States has had one of the strongest military alliances in the world with South Korea, and our continued partnership is designed to maintain stability not only on the Korean peninsula, but also in the East Asian region. We cannot continue to dismiss actions by North Korea as ‘more of the same.’ It is imperative that the United States provide the South Koreans with all the resources necessary to ensure North Korea is held accountable for this attack on March 26, and flagrant violation of international law.”