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April 13, 2012


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia and Pacific Affairs, today condemned North Korea's attempt to launch a multi-stage rocket.  North Korea's attempt, conducted in the face of international opposition, ultimately failed.

"I strongly condemn North Korea for launching a multi-stage rocket," said Inhofe.  "Even though this launch failed, it is still a destabilizing act of aggression that should be viewed as a threat.  Over the years, they have shown greater capabilities while our own intelligence has had a limited capability of providing accurate information on their efforts.  North Korea will not always fail, and it is clear that under Kim Jong Un's leadership, they will continue the defiant saber rattling that was the hallmark of his father's dictatorship.

"In addition, Iran will be watching to gage how the U.S. responds to North Korea.  If we are weak in our response, Iran will view this in their favor as they pursue their own nuclear capability.  To send both North Korea and Iran a clear message, the U.S. must react with strength.


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