Inhofe Statement on North Korea's Launch of Two Medium-Range Ballistic Missiles

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on  North Korea’s launch of two medium-range ballistic missiles today:

"North Korea’s missile launch is yet another example that Kim Jong Un and the Pyongyang regime threatens the entire Asia-Pacific region and is a direct threat to U.S. national security interests. Kim Jong Un has clearly been bolstered by the withdrawal of U.S. leadership around the globe and the failure of this administration to hold individuals, organizations and nations accountable for their actions. 

“The growing ballistic missile threats to our nation and our allies are beginning to outpace the United States’ missile defense capability in numbers and sophistication. Not only do we have North Korea continuing to flex and test its missile capabilities, but Iran also continues to test medium range ballistic missiles in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions all while receiving cash – apparently by the plane full -- from American taxpayers. Furthermore, Iran has not yet provided a credible sign that it will adhere to the deal the president struck to address its nuclear defense capabilities much less stop its work towards a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear payload here to our shores. As our military leaders have testified before the Senate, the world is becoming the most dangerous we have faced in modern history. It is time for an administration that is committed to rebuilding our military and responsibly prioritizing and modernizing our nation’s missile defense."

North Korea launched two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday in direct violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, which prohibit the country from developing ballistic missiles. One missile exploded immediately after launch and the other landed in the Japanese economic exclusion zone. This is the closest a North Korean missile has come to Japan since 1998, when North Korea launched a missile that flew over the island.

This comes after North Korea fired three ballistic missiles on July 19, 2016, that flew over 300 into the sea off its east coast, also in violation of U.N. Security Resolutions.