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house Bill H. Res. 634

Does Congress Need to Support South Korea and Japan In Response to North Korean Aggression?

Argument in favor

Congress needs to show that it supports the relationship between the U.S., South Korea, and Japan in countering North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and human rights abuses.

SouthernGal's Opinion
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09/07/2016
As long as this remains a resolution, it's fine. It's up to the UN to declare any military actions. We do not need to start any unilateral actions on North Korea.
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Joseph's Opinion
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09/07/2016
Normally I would say we can't be policeman for the world and we should wait and see what the world community would do, however, there are mitigating circumstances with regards to Japan because of World War II. As part of the agreement that was forced upon the Japanese people is that they would never have a military force only a token self defense force. As a result of which, all weapons were destroyed. Swords, guns, tanks, well you get the picture. Because of this, it was also part of the treaty that was forged by the United States United States of America that we would be responsible for the protection of Japan in the case of military aggression. Although there grumblings in some quarters of the nation of Japan they have stayed bound to the WWII treaty. Therefor, we, as a nation are duty and honor bound to uphold that treaty and protect Japan in the event of war. To avoid such a massive undertaking that is war, we should do what we can to end the aggression before it gets to war.
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Loraki's Opinion
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09/07/2016
Yes, but what good is a resolution that doesn't have a chance to become law? Is it to give Japan and South Korea moral support?! It reminds me of a male gorilla beating on his chest to try to intimidate another male gorilla (or maybe impress a female gorilla). . . . How is a resolution going to enhance cooperation between the U.S., South Korea, and Japan while promoting stability in the Asia Pacific???
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Argument opposed

Words are important, but they won’t stop North Korea, so Congress needs to back this resolution up with more support for South Korea and Japan.

Omar's Opinion
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09/07/2016
We really need to get involved in these matters any more. America needs to loose this "beacon of hope" attitude and persona and move on to being a beacon of restoration in this country. The things we need and love need work, our investments should be in our futures and our necessities! Our roads and bridges are all falling apart, you can't drive down a road anywhere anymore that doesn't need extensive work. All of our structures came with expiration dates and they're long over due for renewal. That needs to be top priority. Give our military a break. There's a difference between proactive and unnecessary.
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Gilly11277's Opinion
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09/07/2016
South Korea is established enough to start defending itself. American men/women need not die for the safety/sovereignty of foreign nations.
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Libertytarian's Opinion
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09/07/2016
North Korean aggression is launching tests? We do weapon tests all the time. We do mock invasion drills of North Korea and broadcast that. We should stay out of foreign entanglements.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 634?

This resolution would condemn North Korea for its nuclear tests, missile launches, and other provocations while reaffirming the importance of the U.S.-South Korea-Japan trilateral relationship in countering North Korea’s activities. It would offer support for joint military exercises and other efforts to strengthen cooperation between the three countries, improve defense capabilities, and oppose regional threats.

The legislation would encourage the deployment and coordination of regional advanced ballistic missile defense systems, and underscore the importance of the trilateral relationship in tracking human rights violations by North Korea.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t advance to the Senate if passed by the House and wouldn’t have the force of law.

Impact

The governments of South Korea and Japan; and the U.S. government.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 634

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) introduced this resolution to enhance cooperation between the U.S., South Korea, and Japan while promoting stability in the Asia Pacific:

“A strong, trilateral relationship between the United States, South Korea, and Japan couldn’t be more important today. The North Korean government, like a child who doesn’t understand the consequences of his actions, continues to destabilize the region by detonating nuclear devices and firing missiles.  Fortunately, responsible democratic nations will not let this threat run wild and endanger the Asia Pacific.  Our allies in Korea and Japan have taken the lead, and the United States will be there to support them.”

This legislation was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote, and has the bipartisan support of 23 cosponsors in the House — including 12 Democrats and 11 Republicans.


Of Note: The same day that this legislation was announced, the United Nations Security Council imposed additional sanctions against North Korea because of its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea has conducted several missile tests this year, and had tested a hydrogen bomb in January 2016 — its fourth nuclear detonation.


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Official Title

Recognizing the importance of the United States-Republic of Korea-Japan trilateral relationship to counter North Korean threats and nuclear proliferation, and to ensure regional security and human rights.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed September 7th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation
    IntroducedMarch 2nd, 2016

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    As long as this remains a resolution, it's fine. It's up to the UN to declare any military actions. We do not need to start any unilateral actions on North Korea.
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    We really need to get involved in these matters any more. America needs to loose this "beacon of hope" attitude and persona and move on to being a beacon of restoration in this country. The things we need and love need work, our investments should be in our futures and our necessities! Our roads and bridges are all falling apart, you can't drive down a road anywhere anymore that doesn't need extensive work. All of our structures came with expiration dates and they're long over due for renewal. That needs to be top priority. Give our military a break. There's a difference between proactive and unnecessary.
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    Normally I would say we can't be policeman for the world and we should wait and see what the world community would do, however, there are mitigating circumstances with regards to Japan because of World War II. As part of the agreement that was forced upon the Japanese people is that they would never have a military force only a token self defense force. As a result of which, all weapons were destroyed. Swords, guns, tanks, well you get the picture. Because of this, it was also part of the treaty that was forged by the United States United States of America that we would be responsible for the protection of Japan in the case of military aggression. Although there grumblings in some quarters of the nation of Japan they have stayed bound to the WWII treaty. Therefor, we, as a nation are duty and honor bound to uphold that treaty and protect Japan in the event of war. To avoid such a massive undertaking that is war, we should do what we can to end the aggression before it gets to war.
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    Yes, but what good is a resolution that doesn't have a chance to become law? Is it to give Japan and South Korea moral support?! It reminds me of a male gorilla beating on his chest to try to intimidate another male gorilla (or maybe impress a female gorilla). . . . How is a resolution going to enhance cooperation between the U.S., South Korea, and Japan while promoting stability in the Asia Pacific???
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    South Korea is established enough to start defending itself. American men/women need not die for the safety/sovereignty of foreign nations.
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    Post-WWII, the United States forced an exclusion of a Japanese standing army. In return, it was promised the United States would come to Japan's aid if an instance occurred where Japan was a target of a foreign entity. Therefore, it is the United States' responsibility to assure Japan of full joint-military cooperation to prevent an attack, and establish military and domestic measures in the event of an attack. North Korea's prevailing nuclear weapons testing programs may not be of imminent threat to the United States, but South Korea (our ally) and Japan have genuine need for concern. To put this resolution in place may help forestall the North Korea threat. Immediate military action should remain exclusively in the United Nation's domain.
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    North Korea consistently threatens South Korea. South Korea is an important ally to the United States and it would only be reasonable to support them if hostilities progressed. We cannot sit idly by and watch the possible destruction of an ally.
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    Yes, the US should support Japan, South Korea as well as other countries against the hostel aggression of China and North Korea. But this support should not include cash, only a hands and heads up.
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    North Korea is a situation that has been allowed to go on for far too long.
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    North Korean aggression is launching tests? We do weapon tests all the time. We do mock invasion drills of North Korea and broadcast that. We should stay out of foreign entanglements.
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    I went back and forth a little since I don't think it's the responsibility of the USA to be involved in every international conflict. However, if we are going to support anyone then South Korea and Japan should be as well, especially to the detriment of a potential threat like North Korea.
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    Resolutions do nothing. Words are just words. Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never harm me. Let's back them with real support. Make sure the world knows we have there back.
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    We need to stand with our allies. North Korea is testing their limit and a message needs to be sent.
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    Yes! Japan and The Republic of Korea, (South Korea), are both allies of The United States through SEATO. The South East Asian Treaty Organization. Like our allies in NATO we also have not only an obligation to stand with them, but a commitment as Treaty members! Commitment to their protection, safety, and well being. Socially, as well as militarily! That means if they are attacked by North Korea or China or whomever, we must help defend them. Enough said on this matter!
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    Yes! In light of their recent testing of long range missiles and threats n our west coast. We need a presence in the area for a rapid response. Turning Kim's palace into a glass top table might send a message.
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    The United States no longer "speaks softly with a big stick" but boasts itself around as the best and is under the impression the whole world needs us to run smooth. It's clear the United States needs to focus on restoring ourselves instead of the rest of the world before there isn't much left at home to restore.
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    Yes, but to a certain extent. We do not want to fund too much or get ourselves involved in too much
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    The United States needs to take a more non-interventionist stance when it comes to foreign policy. It's called the Department of Defense, not the Department of War.
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    They are our allies in that region we should always support our allies.
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    Stop promoting nationalism and costing us money via empire. Focus on investing in the American people, not the military industrial complex.
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