01.06.16

Senator David Perdue: We Cannot Turn a Blind Eye to Ongoing Ties Between North Korea and Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding reports of a hydrogen bomb test by North Korea:

“I’m deeply troubled by reports of North Korea testing a hydrogen bomb yesterday. If confirmed, this test will serve as another example of President Obama’s failed foreign policy. This is a sobering and stark reminder of the true consequences our country and allies face when this president shows weakness in the face of radical regimes.

“In 1994, then President Clinton promised to ‘end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.’ Since then, North Korea has completed four nuclear tests and threatened to use their weapons against the United States and our regional allies at any time. If confirmed, this recent hydrogen bomb test means that North Korea has reached a critical milestone, possessing a much more powerful weapon than ever tested before.

“It is time for unwavering American leadership and a change in President Obama’s failed policy for the Korean Peninsula. We must bolster missile defense programs and our military’s capabilities to deter further aggression in the Pacific. Let’s not forget, Iranians have reportedly been present at each of North Korea’s previous nuclear tests. We cannot turn a blind eye to ongoing ties between North Korea and Iran. President Obama must act now to stop these rogue nations from supporting each other’s nuclear weapons efforts aimed at harming America and our allies.”