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Florida Congressional Reps Call for Tougher Action Against North Korea

April 18, 2017 - 8:30am

As tensions rise between the United States and North Korea, two congressional representatives from the Sunshine State are calling for getting tough with the Communist regime running that nation. 

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., is the vice chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the chairman of the Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee. After North Korea’s failed missile launch at the end of last week, Yoho took aim at the North Korean leadership, slamming “Kim Jong-un’s complete disregard for international law and determination to obtain a nuclear weapon capable of striking the continental United States.”

The North Florida congressman urged tougher action against North Korea after the missile test.  

“Such belligerent action cannot and should not be rewarded with a simple slap on the wrist,” Yoho insisted. “Instead, we need to take real action.

“Through targeted, secondary sanctions on foreign companies that continue to do business with Pyongyang, we can hit Kim Jong-un where it hurts most: the wallet,” Yoho added. “Kim relies on these funds for his illicit nuclear and missile programs, and we must use every tool we have to deny him the hard currency he needs.”

Yoho urged President Donald Trump and the State Department to include North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. Currently, a president can remove a nation from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism after a six month period. In January, Yoho brought back a proposal extending that period to two years. His legislation also doubles the amount of time Congress has in reviewing the executive branch’s decision to remove a nation from the state sponsor of terror list from 45 days to 90 days. 

“The administration also needs to reinstate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror,” Yoho said. “These decisive actions will send a clear message to the international community as a whole that the United States is committed to peace on the Korean Peninsula and will do what is necessary to achieve it.”

Earlier this month, Yoho and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., paired up with U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel, D-NY, the ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., to unveil a proposal extending the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004, which Ros-Lehtinen has championed during her long tenure in Congress. The legislation “continues current authorities for North Korea-focused activities to promote human rights and democracy, refugee protection, and freedom of information (including broadcasting), as well as the U.S. Special Envoy on North Korean Human Rights Issues" and “continues reporting aimed at increasing transparency and accountability for any food aid provided to North Korea.”

Yoho is not the only member of the Florida delegation focused on North Korea in recent days. U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., was part of a congressional delegation which toured American military stations in Asia last week, including the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea. Frankel and the other representatives met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean Minister Yun Byung-se and military experts. 

On Monday, Frankel weighed in on the situation in Asia, calling for continued support of Japan and South Korea. 

“A strong unwavering relationship between the U.S. and its allies Japan and South Korea is necessary for the national and economic security of all three countries,” Frankel said. “Japan and South Korea are two of America's greatest trading partners and home to important U.S. military bases. A North Korea that has the capability to use a nuclear weapon that can reach an American city or those of an ally poses a grave challenge as the U.S. seeks to preserve peace and stability in the region.

“In this regard, the United States, in consultation with Japan and South Korea, must explore all reasonable economic, diplomatic and defensive actions such as cyber that would prevent North Korea from developing such a capability,” Frankel added. “This includes further engagement with and economic pressure on China, which North Korea depends upon for 90 percent of its trade. A military strike is an untenable option that would most likely result in a devastating conventional military attack by North Korea on Seoul, South Korea, a megacity with a population of over 25 million including tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel.”



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IF...IF another War would occur, the "Number of Troops" will only aid the Victor to clean-up AFTER the war. I see the next war as FULLY nuclear, and will depend on Technology rather than volume of people. I believe that America holds that technologic holds. I will continue to believe this --- as long as it is neither TESTED or PROVEN!

Kim is not capable of being hurt in the wallet simply because he doesn't care about his people. As long as HE lacks for nothing himself, it doesn't matter how much his people suffer. The thing to do with that FAT-SQUAT-BRAT is tie it her get rudolf him or get rid of his weapons. Getting rid of him should've easier and neater.

Lynn - I meant China and her 200 million man military - lots more then what we have. Like Robert Warner stated, these foolish knee jerking and dangerous. All for what - so his minions can brag about how tough this country is. Bet half of them have not even served in the military and won't let their kids go fight either.

Lynn I ask Why do you think we're the only Super-Power in this planet? China will have something to say about that and her 200 man military. Are we suppose to send our "volunteer" military to go fight a two-bit third world nation? Look what happen in Iraq? You approved of that 4 trillion dollar mistake also? But yet we have no money for our schools, roads, and lets not mention our vets who fought for a Lie. N. Korea is in China's back yard you think China will let us just bully their step-child? We're playing with fire here - the days of bullying nations because we should I believe are over. Why can't we just mind our business and work towards a peaceful solution? What we need is a draft and no exceptions if this Con-Man Cowboy Trump wants to fight because he could. Would you allow your kids to be drafted?

Foolish knee jerking and dangerous. Korea - 52,000 American casualties in the Korean War. South Korea, Japan - millions at risk. Thanks for the mindless, El Supremo chest thumping. Now - how about thinking beyond the next second and not joining the dice game in Trump's new world casino - before we have another crisis littered with "unintended consequences". Especially since Trump has neutered the State Department, blown covers off our CIA folks, and exposed our soldiers, sailors, and airmen - and perhaps all of us here at home - to whatever happens next.

Kudos to those Florida congress members supporting President Trump's strategy in dealing with rogue nations and terrorist groups. We all need to pull together behind our President when it comes to national defense and foreign policy. We need to understand and support our President in implementing new policies that are aimed at producing results in the best interest of the United States, first and foremost. I am reading Charles Krauthammer's "Things That Matter" and think his chapter "Part Four: Global" is very helpful in figuring out what the President may be basing his current and future foreign policy strategy on. I laugh at the media wonks who are "insisting" that the President divulge his "strategy" so the world can weigh in with approval or disapproval. I doubt President Trump will satisfy that wish. One thing for sure, President Trump's approach is a 180 degrees opposite from that of President Obama's strategy dealing with our enemies. President Trump sees America as the only super power in the world....and we are just that! It is up to us to make sure we continue to hold that position if we are to have a chance to live in a peaceful world.

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