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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on the Need for a Coherent Strategy Based on Diplomacy in Responding to North Korea

August 10, 2017
Press Release

Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on the Need for a Coherent Strategy Based on Diplomacy in Responding to North Korea

WASHINGTON -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, issued a statement after President Trump threatened “fire and fury” against North Korea and North Korea responded with threats against Guam.  Her statement follows:

“Donald Trump’s recent threats against North Korea are dangerous.  The president of the United States should be providing informed, steady leadership, which is based on careful analysis by experienced advisors and which reassures the American people and our allies, instead of making reckless threats that significantly escalate the situation.  A responsible policy towards North Korea must be based on diplomacy, caution and restraint, and must be developed in consultation with our allies in the region, including South Korea and Japan. 

“I am also concerned about the large number of vacancies among senior level positions at the State Department.  We don’t even have an ambassador to South Korea.  The problem is made worse by the Trump administration’s budget proposal, which would cut funding for diplomacy and foreign aid by more than 30 percent.  A strong State Department, supported by robust funding and staffed with experienced diplomats and expert policy analysts, is critical for the development of coherent strategies to respond to international crises like the current standoff with North Korea.

“The Trump administration must immediately develop a coherent policy towards North Korea.  That policy should be based on diplomacy, informed by experienced diplomats and members of the intelligence community, and coordinated with our allies in the region.  It is critical that the administration take appropriate action to avoid conflict, exercise common sense, and act in the best interests of the United States.”

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