Unanimous Senate response to North Korea nuclear threat

by Joshua Robinson

MISSOULA – North Korea’s ability to reach the continental U.S with a nuclear weapon has Congress taking severe action.

The U.S. Senate unanimously voted on Wednesday to implement stronger sanctions on North Korea following their ICBM test on Sunday.

In 9 minutes and 46 seconds, North Korea launched its rocket into orbit, while simultaneously launching a critical reaction from the rest of the world, including the United States.

Prompting new legislation that targets North Korea’s ability to fund and launch miniaturized nuclear warheads.

U.S. officials say possible military responses are on the table, and they will begin talking to the South Koreans about setting up so-called ‘THAAD’ defense batteries, capable of shooting down high-altitude missiles.

Coming on the heels of what North Korea claimed was a hydrogen-bomb test, the threat level from Kim Jong Un’s regime, has rarely been higher.

“This shows that North Korea has mastered a very complex technology, which are 3-stage launchers. So at this point I think North Korea has made a qualitative leap, and soon they’re going to make a quantitative leap– because they can actually start to put these things in production.”

The North Koreans are crowing over the launch, with a celebratory display of fireworks…
The regime’s popular news-anchor says this was a gift from their top scientists to, quote, “the great comrade” Kim Jong Un.

And she vows, there will be more satellite launches.

Senator Jon Tester released the following statement after the vote, saying “By passing this critical legislation, the U.S. Senate is holding North Korea accountable for its aggressive actions. We will not tolerate their behavior, and these new sanctions will make it harder for North Korea to further develop its nuclear weapons program. Working with our regional partners, we have to remain vigilant and strong as we ensure the security of the American people and our allies.”

Senator Steve Daines also issued a statement today on the matter, saying “We can’t sit by idly and allow a dangerous regime to conduct ballistic missile tests without repercussions. We must continue to confront the extremist regimes that threaten our global security, troops and allies in the region and that violate innate human rights.”

The sanction bill now goes to President Obama’s desk, where most believe he will sign it into law.