(CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney condemned the launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea, saying it puts the region at risk and highlights the “incompetence” of the Obama administration.
Romney's statement came a few hours after U.S. officials said the rocket was launched Thursday and broke apart before escaping the earth's atmosphere and falling into the sea.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the attempted North Korean missile launch," he said.
"Although the missile test failed, Pyongyang's action is another blatant violation of unanimous U.N. Security Council resolutions and demonstrates once again that Pyongyang is committed to developing long-range missiles with the potential of carrying nuclear weapons."
North Korea presents "a clear and growing threat to the United States," he said, arguing the Obama administration's response has been ineffective.
The White House said the failed launch threatens regional security, violates international law and reneges on North Korea’s recent commitments.
"North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in provocative acts, and is wasting its money on weapons and propaganda displays while the North Korean people go hungry,” the White House said in a statement.
Romney recently criticized Obama for an open mic comment to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Romney said Russia is the United States' "No. 1 geopolitical foe," a comment that prompted a sharp response from the Russian leader.
The GOP candidate and former Massachusetts governor has said he would invest more in the U.S. military, including shipbuilding for the Navy.
Do teavangelicals and baggers really want this chicken hawk war monger in the white house? It looks like he will take us back to the not so glorious days of the Bush Doctrine. North Korea will be dealt with by the entire world, not just us. Mittens is showing each day he is unfit to hold the highest office in the land.
Romney needs to get real. There is nothing any president can do about N. Korea's crazy antics short of war. They fired off missles & rockets under Clinton, they did it under Bush, they're doing it under Obama, and they'll still be doing it under whoever is president in 2016.
Romney's response scares me, and gives insight into how out-of-touch he is. He wants to build up our military even further now? In these harsh economic times, when we are scrambling to find ways to cut our budget, not only does he want to double-down on tax cuts for the wealthy that we can't afford, but he wants to increase, not decrease, our military spending? That's INSANE!!! And more to the point, it's been proven not to work. We could station 100 carrier fleets off the coast of N. Korea, and they'd still act the same way.
So far, Mittens has declared war on seniors, women, the poor, workers, the middle class, veterans, Iraq, Russia, and now North Korea. He sounds like a mental midget to me.
Maybe one of rmoney's sons (slinky, dinky, blinky, merrill or lynch) could fly over in their magic underwear and stop N. Korea with a blink of their godly eyes.
Is that the sound of war drums in the distance? Haven't we had enough? The only choice for peace and prosperity is Ron Paul 2012.
This from the same eejit that joined his Party's criticism of our President's handling of Lybia and the capture of bin Laden.
What would you have done in those instances MIttens? Would it have net the same excellent results? What do you propose in regards to this latest North Korean action? Hello? No alternative course of action yet again? Nothing but empty criticism? Then stfu and let the President handle HIS business.
Obams 2012. Seriously America.