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Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today expressed support for President George W. Bush's resolve in dealing with North Korea and the need to strengthen America's national defense, in the wake of North Korea's reported test of a nuclear device.

"Korea doubts the world's resolve," said Senator McCain. "It is testing South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and the United States. They have been criticized by the U.N. Security Council, but suffered no serious sanctions. We have talked and talked about punishing their bad behavior. They don't believe we have the resolve to do it. We must prove them wrong."

Sen. McCain strongly supports President Bush's call for the following actions by the U.N. Security Council:
  • Impose Chapter 7 sanctions on North Korea
  • Impose a military embargo
  • Impose financial trade sanctions
  • The right to interdict and inspect all cargo in and out of North Korea
Senator McCain also condemned the failed policies of the Clinton Administration in dealing with North Korea's emerging nuclear threat.

"I would remind Senator Clinton and other critics of the Bush Administration policies that the framework agreement of the Clinton Administration was a failure. The Koreans received millions of dollars in energy assistance. They diverted millions in food assistance to the military. And what did the Koreans do? They secretly enriched uranium," said Senator McCain. "We had a carrots and no sticks policy that only encouraged bad behavior. When one carrot didn't work, we offered another."

In addition, Sen. McCain called on Sen. Hillary Clinton and her allies to immediately support accelerating missile defense, as opposed to blocking it, as has been the case in the past.

Finally, Sen. McCain said due to the challenges we are facing today in Iraq and Afghanistan, "It is obvious that the United States must, starting now, invest in a larger active duty Army and Marine Corps." He said this is not a call for immediate military action against North Korea; rather it is a recognition that the U.S. military is currently stretched too thin and we are asking too much from our National Guard and Reserve.