U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland released a statement today criticizing North Korean nuclear weapon tests and promising his constituents that he will “monitor this situation carefully” as a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
“Today’s actions demonstrate loudly and clearly that the United States and the United Nations are not doing nearly enough to deter North Korea’s continued nuclear research,” said Westmoreland. “This rogue and dangerous nation could soon be able to pair their growing nuclear technology with a long-range missile to threaten the United States.”
The congressman stated that it is crucial to pressure China, North Korea’s only powerful ally, to cut off all support to their Communist neighbor.
China provides North Korea with money, arms, energy sources, fuel, and food. China is North Korea’s biggest trading partner and the two nations share a deep historical and ideological bond.
Westmoreland believes that putting enough pressure on the Beijing regime, which is enjoying an increasingly more prestigious place in the global economy as well as an improved standing as a major player in intercontinental relations, is the only way to stop North Korea from getting out of hand.
The Chinese publicly condemned North Korea’s last nuclear testing, but stayed away from imposing any harsh economic sanctions. Westmoreland hopes that will change after today.
“I join members of the Intelligence Committee, members on both sides of the aisle in Washington as well as people around the world in condemning these actions of North Korea,” he said. “As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I want to assure you that I will monitor this situation carefully.”
Click here to read Rep. Westmoreland’s statement on North Korea.