14 August 2017

News Story: House must stop pre-emptive nuclear strike on N. Korea - lawmaker

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. House of Representatives should return from its summer recess to discuss legislation banning a pre-emptive nuclear strike on North Korea without congressional authorization, a Democratic lawmaker said Friday.

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, made the call in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan as tensions escalated over North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

"In light of the ongoing standoff between the United States and North Korea, as well as President Trump's reckless words, I ask that you immediately call the House of Representatives back into session to debate legislation prohibiting the U.S. from conducting a pre-emptive nuclear strike without prior Congressional authorization," he said.

Trump's "reckless" action began Tuesday with his threat to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang. North Korea responded by detailing a plan to fire ballistic missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam, home to U.S. military bases.

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