Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL), lead Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Global Environment, strongly condemned North Korea’s unprovoked attack on South Korea that resulted in the death of two South Korean marines and scores of civilians injured.
“North Korea’s massive artillery attack against South Korea reminds us that Kim Jung Il remains a serious threat to our collective security,” Manzullo said. “With more than 25,000 American troops stationed in South Korea, North Korea’s action threatens Korean and American lives, and we should not tolerate this type of behavior.”
Manzullo noted that this attack on South Korea follows North Korea’s sinking of a South Korean naval ship in March and fresh revelations made public earlier this week regarding the North’s hidden nuclear enrichment process.
“The United States’ current North Korea policy isn’t working. North Korea believes it can act with impunity, and we risk being drawn into a conflict if we cannot stop North Korea diplomatically,” Manzullo said. “I call on the Obama Administration, working in conjunction with Congress, to craft a strong policy to prevent further aggression.”