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Gabbard: U.S. must take N. Korea threats seriously

April 13, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The United States should take threats of nuclear war from North Korea seriously to avoid any mistakes, Hawaii U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said.

Gabbard spoke Thursday on the House floor to say the threats are more than a far-off annoyance for people in Hawaii and Guam.

"We cannot be complacent," Gabbard said.

Gabbard said intelligence shows that North Korea may be planning multiple missile launches in the coming days.

Analysts say an attack on South Korea or the U.S. by North Korea is highly unlikely, and that strong remarks from Pyongyang and leader Kim Jong Un are more likely a strategic move to try to win direct talks with Washington.

North Korea's behavior shows a need for Washington to change its policies toward diplomacy and military approaches, to stop repeated threats, Gabbard said.

"The carrot-and-stick approach that we have taken in the past has not effectively deterred North Korea's nuclear ambitions," Gabbard said. "To the contrary, we continue to face escalated threats which now extend beyond the region."

Gabbard says the threats show a need to increase funding for missile defense.



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