Rep. Yoho Introduces Resolution Calling on China to Cease its Retaliatory Measures against the Republic of Korea
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, introduced a resolution that supports the prompt deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to counter the North Korean missile threat. It further condemns and urges the Chinese government to immediately cease its diplomatic intimidation and economic coercion against the Republic of Korea in retaliation for the THAAD deployment to U.S. Forces Korea.
Chairman Yoho released the following statement:
"With the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States, it is important, through this resolution, that we support the timely deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea and urge China to cease its unwarranted retaliation against South Korea in response to the deployment.
“China has done little to stop North Korea's provocative and destabilizing behavior that has included nuclear tests, ballistic missile launches and chemical weapons use like the VX nerve agent. These actions pose a direct and serious threat to our key South Korean ally, and to the U.S.-ROK alliance which constitutes a lynchpin of U.S. foreign policy in maintaining peace and security on the Korean Peninsula, in Northeast Asia and beyond.
"I commend the Korean Government for its firm commitment and timely cooperation to ensure the effective deployment of THAAD. I also want to express my gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our 28,500 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that constitute the U.S. Forces Korea and who so honorably defend the U.S.-ROK alliance against any and all North Korean aggression."
- On March 6, 2017, the first components of the THAAD anti-missile system, including two launchers, arrived at Osan Air Base in the Republic of Korea.
- The U.S.-Korea alliance decision to deploy THAAD to U.S. Forces Korea was made as a self-defensive measure to ensure the security of the U.S., the ROK and its people, and to protect alliance military forces from North Korea’s growing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile threats.
- In response to the THAAD deployment, China has engaged in unreasonable and inappropriate retaliatory measures against the Republic of Korea, its businesses, and its people. Not to mention an American company that has also been directly affected by these measures.