Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released this statement following the reports of a fifth test of a nuclear weapon by North Korea.
"Word of North Korea's belligerence has become so routine that it almost fails to be noticed. Unfortunately, today's nuclear test continues a disturbing trend; the North Korean government is perfecting the ability to harm innocent civilians throughout Asia and the world. With the strong ties between North Korea and Iran, a well-known state sponsor of terrorism, this alarming development must be countered.
"Our deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery to the South Korean peninsula is a good first step, but we must not lose our resolve in dealing with this despicable regime."
H. Res. 634, Rep. Salmon's resolution formally recognizing the importance of the relationship between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan in dealing with the menace of the North Korean regime and supporting the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to deter North Korean threats, passed the House without opposition only two days ago.