Kind calls for collaboration to ease N. Korea tensions

Published: May. 15, 2017 at 4:47 PM CDT
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Ron Kind says we have to work with other countries to make sure North Korea gives up its ballistic missile program and nuclear program.

The Wisconsin Democrat congressman made the remarks during a law enforcement memorial ceremony in La Crosse.

"We don't have much leverage but hopefully by working with China we can get them to step up and do the right thing to get the North Korean regime to back off on this very dangerous track that they're on right now," Kind said Monday.

Kind’s comments came the same day U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the latest North Korean ballistic missile test as a violation of Security Council resolutions and a threat to peace and security in the region.

In response, Republican congressman Sean Duffy stands behind President Donald Trump's philosophy for handling the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

"President Trump promised to put America First and ensure that hostile regimes do not threaten the American people, and I have full confidence that he will continue to work with China and our allies in the region to deter North Korea from further aggression," Duffy said, in a statement sent to WEAU 13 News on Monday.