Van Nuys, CA -- Congressman Howard L. Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement in response to the North Korean missile launch:

“It is alarming that North Korea carried out this missile launch in direct defiance of the international community. The test is an unnecessary provocation that raises tensions in the region, and I urge the North Koreans to stop using their missile and WMD programs to threaten their neighbors and the rest of the world. Since the launch violates UN Security Council resolution 1718, I urge the Security Council to take strong and concerted action to demonstrate that Pyongyang’s actions are unacceptable. I especially call on both China and Russia to work constructively with other members of the Security Council to show that the world is united in condemning North Korea’s disturbing behavior.”

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