For Immediate Release
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Flanagan Condemns North Korean
Calls For Strong Response Against North Korean Blackmail
Says Latest Action Proves The Wisdom of National Missile
Bradenton, FL/July 5, 2006 Mark Flanagan, Republican
candidate for Florida's Thirteenth Congressional District, condemned
North Korea's testing of four missiles in the Sea of Japan on the
Fourth of July. Flanagan believes that this latest development in
the North Korean standoff poses a grave threat to the United States
and its allies, particularly Japan and South Korea and requires
a strong response from the world community. He stated further that
this latest action shows the wisdom of the National Missile Defense
Program advocated by Presidents Reagan and Bush and opposed by Congressional
"The testing of missiles by the North Korean regime poses a grave
threat not only to our allies in the region, such as Japan and South
Korea, but to the peace and stability of the entire world," said
Flanagan. "Kim Jong Il is taking a page out of Adolf Hitler's playbook
of attempting to blackmail the world into getting what he wants.
History demonstrates from World War II to the Cold War, that appeasement
of dictators such as Kim Jong Il only invites greater danger.
"The entire world including nations such as Iran, are watching
to see what type of reaction the world community is taking," continued
Flanagan. "Our response must be resolute and firm, we will not negotiate
with North Korea directly, we will not give into their demands at
the Six Power Conference, and we will work with our allies, and
nations such as, China and Russia to increase sanction and pressure
on the North Korean regime. In Congress, we need leaders who will
continue to support the National Missile Defense Program first proposed
by President Reagan and strongly supported by President George W.
Bush as our best defense against such threats. We don't need representatives
who will take the Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid line
of do nothing and appease these rouge regimes."
Flanagan believes that the North Korean missile test is being watched
throughout the world, particularly by Iran, as a test of United
States resolve. Only a strong and unflinching resolve will deter
not only North Korea but Iran, as well, Flanagan believes. Yielding
to North Korea or rewarding them at this point with a peace treaty
ending the Korean War or giving them billions of dollars in loans
would send a message to Iran that such behavior will pay dividends
and smack of appeasement similar to the Munich Accords that led
to World War II.
"We must remember that the North Korean regime is a brutal dictatorship
that still operates on the policies of Stalin and allows millions
of its citizens to starve and whose stated objective is the destruction
of our allies and our nation," said Flanagan.
Additional information on Mark Flanagan and his campaign may be
obtained at www.markflanaganforcongress.com.