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senate Bill S. Res. 564

Should the Senate Condemn North Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Tests?

Argument in favor

North Korea is endangering the security of the world with its nuclear weapons and missile programs, and the Senate should take steps (even symbolic) to condemn the most recent nuclear test.

TravisL's Opinion
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10/25/2016
North Korea should not be allowed to even hold nuclear technology until they start providing for their country
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David's Opinion
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10/25/2016
Make it quick, nonsense condemnations like these are embarrassingly devoid of value to us tax payers. Perhaps when you're done with this nonsense you can do something useful for us tax payers and repeal Obamacare.
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Loraki's Opinion
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10/25/2016
By all means, condemn it, for all the good it'll do you, which under Obama is zero.
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Argument opposed

This is just empty words from the Senate. As destabilizing as North Korea’s nuclear tests are, passing this resolution would do nothing of substance to stop them as it merely condemns the tests.

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10/25/2016
While I do condemn North Korea's nuclear program, this is a waste of legislation.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/25/2016
The US has been condemning North Korea for decades. This is just a hair brained Senator trying to get his name on a resolution. Why doesn't this senator accuse Obama of having Delusions of Grandeur concerning his statement that his Administration hasn't had a scandal. What a whopper. I can just imagine this post-presidential memoir being awarded "Best work of fiction" along with a Noble Prize for his golf scores. As for North Korea, it may blowup and kill thousands with radioactive poisoning. Hopefully the prevailing winds will spread it into China. Communism would have died off decades ago if hadn't been for the US and "pinko" Democratic Liberals supporting these Dictatorships. Those starving children are now trained and armed preserving a fat alcoholic.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/25/2016
Let neighboring countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea deal with North Korea. We can't afford all of this foreign "beef" when we are trillions in debt. Work with other countries to provide their share in the fight against North Korea.
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    IntroducedSeptember 15th, 2016

What is Senate Bill S. Res. 564?

This resolution would condemn North Korea’s provocative testing of its military’s nuclear and missile capabilities while violating the human rights of its people, and call on the North Korean government to completely abandon such programs in a verifiable manner.

It would further emphasize U.S. commitments to nuclear deterrence and the protection of its allies Japan and South Korea, which are backed up by the full spectrum of America’s defensive military capabilities.

The government of China would be asked to use its economic and diplomatic leverage over North Korea to encourage the nation to stop its nuclear weapons program.

Additionally, the resolution would call on the United Nations Security Council to increase sanctions on North Korea because of its nuclear weapons program.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t have the force of law and wouldn’t be sent to the House for a vote if it were to pass the Senate.

Impact

The governments of China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan; and the Senate.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Res. 564

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced this resolution to condemn North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, missile tests, and other acts of aggression:

“North Korea’s belligerence is unacceptable. [The] test indicates a new level of development for their nuclear program, and underscores the grave and growing danger that North Korea represents to the regional and international community.”

This resolution has the support of eight cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Democrats.


Of Note: Following North Korea’s nuclear test on September 9, 2016 the rogue nation attempted to test two ballistic missiles, but they failed to launch in October.


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A resolution condemning North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, 2016.

    North Korea should not be allowed to even hold nuclear technology until they start providing for their country
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    While I do condemn North Korea's nuclear program, this is a waste of legislation.
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    The US has been condemning North Korea for decades. This is just a hair brained Senator trying to get his name on a resolution. Why doesn't this senator accuse Obama of having Delusions of Grandeur concerning his statement that his Administration hasn't had a scandal. What a whopper. I can just imagine this post-presidential memoir being awarded "Best work of fiction" along with a Noble Prize for his golf scores. As for North Korea, it may blowup and kill thousands with radioactive poisoning. Hopefully the prevailing winds will spread it into China. Communism would have died off decades ago if hadn't been for the US and "pinko" Democratic Liberals supporting these Dictatorships. Those starving children are now trained and armed preserving a fat alcoholic.
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    Make it quick, nonsense condemnations like these are embarrassingly devoid of value to us tax payers. Perhaps when you're done with this nonsense you can do something useful for us tax payers and repeal Obamacare.
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    By all means, condemn it, for all the good it'll do you, which under Obama is zero.
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    Let neighboring countries such as China, Japan, and South Korea deal with North Korea. We can't afford all of this foreign "beef" when we are trillions in debt. Work with other countries to provide their share in the fight against North Korea.
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    Nuclear armaments have proliferated quite enough. Further proliferation will only work to destabilize world order, threaten the already-dwindling peace and security humanity is trying to enjoy.
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    Creating useless policies is useless.
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    That will do what, exactly? I'll tell you. It will spur Kim to more tests. Just keep an eye on him. He doesn't care what you think, so this is just another time-waster to avoid actually doing work.
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    Yeah we already condemn it and shouldn't waste our breath on it anymore but take physical action. And not just action but powerful action. Let them know that it's not okay and that we don't approve and put our money where our mouth is. But I think we need to more publicly condemn the way the people of North Korea are treated. They are locked in concentration camps and labor camps and that is a violation of basic human rights and is flat out disgusting. North Korea needs to be dealt with, not just warned.
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    Blah, blah, blah! If you're not doing anything about them, put that paper tiger back in the box!
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    Meaningless!! Do something useful for Americans! Like confirm Merrick Garland or anything other than pontificate & going on vacation.
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    Kim Jung Un, like his father, has a pattern of violating every human right in the book. These actions should make many people feel uncomfortable.
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    North Korea is threatening the United States and other countries worldwide by testing nuclear weapons. The United Nations has told North Korea to stop, and they have not. Therefore, they need to be stopped before they attack South Korea and others.
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    Condemning the tests won't stop them from happening. Nobody wants North Korea to be testing nukes, but they still do it because no one has made a move to physically stop them. Telling someone something is wrong will not make them do right, but physically putting a stop to it will.
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    This bill barely has a constructive platform that would pressure North Korea into finally accepting EU demands. Winds are most likely going to blow the radiation further into the China coast, so let those "allies" fight over it. We may see if China will finally condemn one of the last communist nations.
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    This is not our country, people. Doing this will CREATE more of a war than prevent one.
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    What does that even mean? So they want to strongly word a letter? What exactly will that do?
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    At face value this sounded pointless -- "Aren't we already condemning North Korean Nuclear arms?" but this does seek to use our relationship with China and the U.N to put sanctions and economic pressure on North Korea. Overall I think that's a good idea. I'm for it as long as it doesn't cost very much to "condemn."
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    Doesn't everyone already know we do? Stupid waste of money and time
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