Condemning North Korean Nuclear Testby Representative Chris Van Hollen
Posted on 2013-02-15
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 15, 2013
Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H. Res. 65 and to
thank Representatives Royce, Engel and Ros-Lehtinen for their
leadership on this important issue and for working together to bring
this bipartisan resolution to the floor today. H. Res. 65 condemns the
government of North Korea for its flagrant and repeated violations of
multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions, for its repeated
provocations that threaten international peace and for its test of a
nuclear device on February 12, 2013.
Since 2006, the U.N. Security Council has passed three resolutions condemning North Korea for its illegal missile tests, most recently the resolution passed last month. Then, on Tuesday, in further defiance of U.N. resolutions, the North Korean government detonated an underground nuclear device. Taken together, these events are clear indications of North Korea's flagrant disregard for international law, regional stability and for the welfare of its own people.
Instead of feeding the millions of North Koreans who are starving, the government chooses to squander what little resources it possesses on an illegal nuclear weapons program. Its actions are reckless and dangerous and the international community cannot stand by silently as it continues to oppress its people to deny their human rights and political liberties and to permit them to suffer material deprivation just so that they can pursue a nuclear weapons program at their expense.
I stand with my colleagues in condemnation of the government of North Korea for its reckless disregard for international law, for threat its actions pose to the stability of the region and for its contempt for the welfare of its own people. And I call on China, as a party of the Six-Party Talks and the closest ally of North Korea, to use its considerable influence to encourage the North Koreans to abandon their illegal nuclear weapons program.