Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on North Korea’s nuclear test:

“Today’s nuclear test by North Korea is yet more evidence of its deep commitment to its nuclear weapons program, and demands the Obama Administration’s attention.  This test comes just weeks after the North Korean regime stated its goal is to develop a missile to strike the United States and mere days after it produced an outrageous video of a missile attack on New York City.

“The Obama Administration must replace its failed North Korea policy with one that is energetic, creative, and focused on crippling the Kim regime’s military capabilities through stringent sanctions that tackle its illicit activities and cuts off its flow of hard currency.  Otherwise, the grave North Korean threat to the region and the United States will only grow.”