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Issa: North Korea greatest threat 'since Cuban Missile Crisis'

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Aug 9, 2017

Issa: North Korea greatest threat 'since Cuban Missile Crisis'
San Diego Union Tribune

Reports that North Korea has developed a nuclear weapon small enough to load inside a missile alarmed San Diego’s and California’s congressional delegation, with members calling for even tougher diplomatic measures against the rogue state.

“If true, it represents the greatest crisis probably since — let me rephrase that — undoubtedly since the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista said in an appearance on CNN, referring to the 1962 nuclear showdown between the U.S. and Soviet Union over ballistic missiles on Cuba. “And the correlation is very similar. This is something that can hit us and our allies, and it's a rogue nation that we suspect would use it.”

Issa, like others, called for an enforcement of the new sanctions that the United Nations Security Council voted over the weekend to impose. Those new restrictions curb North Korea’s international trade in an attempt to make it difficult for the country to pay for its expansive military.

"If we cut off all currency, hard currency to this regime, this regime is going to have to choose: Nuclear weapons or an internal problem that this dictator probably cannot deal with,” said Issa, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Last week President Donald Trump signed into law a bill that puts stiffer sanctions on North Korea as the country continued to publicly test its weapons program, including long-range missiles.

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, said that this new law puts pressure on North Korea, and he praised countries including China for their own interventions, but added that the efforts are not enough.

“Sanctions alone are insufficient,” he said. “We need an unyielding, long-term strategy to check North Korean aggression and prevent an escalation of hostilities that would have devastating consequences for thousands of American service members stationed in Asia, millions of civilians, and the global economy,” he said in a statement.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that sanctions haven’t had their intended effect, and there must be talks with North Korea.

“What this tells me is that our policy of isolating North Korea has not worked,” she said. “The United States must quickly engage North Korea in a high-level dialogue without any preconditions. Hopefully, Secretary (of State Rex) Tillerson is already discussing the possibility of reopening talks with our Asian partners during his current trip. In my view, diplomacy is the only sound path forward.”

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