Leader Cantor Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test
February 12, 2013
Contact: Doug Heye, Megan Whittemore

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on North Korea's nuclear test:

"Proliferation of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles by irresponsible states such as Iran and North Korea represents one of the most urgent problems facing the world. I condemn in the strongest terms North Korea's test of a third nuclear device. If multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions are to mean anything, there must be consequences when rogue states systematically violate them. North Korea's continued missile and nuclear proliferation poses a grave threat to peace and security, and must not be tolerated. The United States must stand side-by-side with its closest allies in North East Asia, Japan and South Korea in responding to North Korea's dangerous provocations. We must insist that the international community, and especially North Korea's neighbor China, apply meaningful sanctions and significant pressure on North Korea for its destabilizing provocations.

"Despite decades of multinational negotiations and multiple UNSC resolutions, North Korea has made tremendous progress in developing its missile and nuclear programs, and it has thus far been impossible to convince North Korea to reverse course after having achieved a nuclear capability. Armed with such a capability, North Korea has demonstrated its willingness to provide sensitive missile technology to Iran and to assist Syria in building a secret nuclear reactor. As we confront the threat North Korea poses today, we must also confront the risk of allowing Iran to acquire a similar nuclear weapons capability. The international community must act with renewed urgency to prevent North Korea and Iran's acquisition of such deadly technologies. Unfortunately, the United Nation's track record at stopping proliferation is not encouraging."