INHOFE RESPONDS TO NORTH KOREAN THREAT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) and senior Republican member of the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement after North Korean leader Kim Jong II threatened military action if the United States and South Korea did not stop military exercises or ban sanctions immediately:

 “We have seen this type of saber rattling many times from North Korea in the past.  While I support both the upcoming series of joint exercises between the United States and South Korea as well as  increased sanctions against North Korea, the Obama Administration must follow through by implementing the new sanctions as well as providing a strong deterrent against further aggressive actions by North Korea.  Unfortunately, there is a perception that the Obama administration lacks both the will and capability to deter North Korea. This is a dangerous scenario for both the United States and our allies.”

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