Romney criticizes Obama handling of North Korea
April 13th, 2012
01:40 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney criticizes Obama handling of North Korea

(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.

Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. mk1

    And typical of Romney he had nothing to say as to what he would do differently. Criticism is cheap, which is odd for Romney, Romney and cheap don't really go together. If he had his way he would probably send in the military. Oh yeah, that would be fairly easy for him as none of his five healthy strapping boys chose to do their patriotic duty and serve their country. Oh yeah, another thing about that, I guess according to Romney their patriotic duty serving their country is to try to help him get elected. I wish my son currently on active duty could have done that but he didn't quite see his duty that way.

    April 13, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  2. Dead-On-Arrival-Candidate

    Rmoney had better left North Korea to explain his position on women issues.
    Rmoney himself has said he will scrap Planned Parenthood.
    Rmoney openly supported the Blunt amendment that is anti-contraceptive.
    Rmoney also wants to abolish the Roe vs Wade abortion law.
    What else is war on women?

    April 13, 2012 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  3. SA in OO


    TODAY Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney criticized Obama's handling of . . . ___________________
    (fill in the blank with anything the President says or does on any given day)

    April 13, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  4. Jan930

    What's new about Romney?

    April 13, 2012 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  5. Thomas

    Mitt Romney says North Korea presents "a clear and growing threat to the United States," he said, arguing the Obama administration's response has been ineffective.

    Mitt Romney is a wannabe hawk who's five sons avoided military service. He should shut up when it comes to foreign policy.
    The rocket failed ! It was a dud ! The Chines are are tired of North Korea acting like an aggressive dysfunctional neighbor.
    If Romney is elected we will be in another costly war , if Obama is reelected North Korea will transcend in the same way East Germany has done. It will be costly , yet less costly then going to war.

    Mitt Romney should do what he dose best, Mergers and acquisitions.

    April 13, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  6. Niko_in_Richmond

    Hmmmm...isn't the "Obama response" to Pyongyang the same response that every president since George H.W. Bush has presented? The Obama administration pretty much continued where the Bush administration left off, so I guess that he is pretty much saying that the Republican response to Pyongyang was a failure as well.

    April 13, 2012 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  7. Iamnotfooled

    Of course. Is there anything that President Obama does that he will not criticize? That's all he is good for criticizing. What exactly does he stand for ? No one knows. Just repeal and disagree. His plan is worse then President Obama's according to the CBO. Just because he is a businessman does not mean he knows what to do. His policies I believe will benefit the rich and the middleclass and poor are on their own. After all that's how he made his money closing businesses and sending them overseas. Exactly what America does not need.

    April 13, 2012 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  8. craig

    So, Mitt doesn't think the President did enough regarding North Korea. What, exactly, would Mitt do? First, he's said that Russia is the greatest threat, so clearly he doesn't worry too much about either Iran or North Korea. He wants to spend mor money on the military. Where's that going to come from? If he won't consider raising revenues, then he must be suggesting he can spend more for the military either by gutting other things (What things, Mitt? Be specific!) or else he's simply going to copy Ronnie and spend money we don't have. That was Bush's trick...and look where it got us.

    Are we going to war in Korea? Officially we're still at war, since there's only a truce and no peace agreement or surrender. I wonder what China thinks about that idea.

    In short, when you're not in charge, you can say almost anything...because you don't have to stand behind what happens next. Tell us EXACTLY what you'd do, Mitt. We aren't going to support anybody who can't compromise and won't reveal the "secret stuff" how much money you have stashed off-shore and why.

    April 13, 2012 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  9. Right

    I doubt you will do that, you have to win to be able to do that.

    April 13, 2012 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  10. Joseph Agunbiade

    What would you do differently, declare war on North Korea and batter American economy again? I pray no Republican wins the presidency in the foreseeable future.

    April 13, 2012 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  11. Killdeer

    So Mittens...what would you have done?

    April 13, 2012 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  12. Emmy Skaddittle

    The Republican Answer to every foreign policy issue is WAR!!!!

    April 13, 2012 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  13. jamal karim

    mr.obama,you are fantastic continue the good work you are doing.

    April 13, 2012 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  14. Blindersoff

    Romney's campaign Mantra . . . I wage war on both North Korea, South Korea, Russia, Iran, China, h.e.l.l, I wage war on the whole world. I well show them Americas strength while my sons enjoy a life style worthy of the rich.

    April 13, 2012 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
  15. Truth001

    Romney I remember in your 2008 debate you said "you'd ask your lawyer before you decide to invade IRAN". The only foreign policy that you know is sending jobs to China!

    April 13, 2012 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  16. clarke

    Well. What would you do Mitt, this is such a general statement you made. I find your statement without merit.

    April 13, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  17. amerrealist

    Mr. Listen To The Generals wouldn't have killed OBL, and he opposed the auto bailout so the President definitely handled the situation correctly!!!

    April 13, 2012 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  18. amerrealist

    Mr Listen to the Generals wouldn't have killed OBL and would have let Detroit go bankrupt so the President definitely did the right thing!!!

    April 13, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  19. jesse james. take them to street and shoot them like the dogs they are

    Romney lies. Your only foregin experience is sending us jobs to china. Shut up.obama / biden 2012 . The only trusted way forward.

    April 13, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  20. Cfrench

    Hey Mitt, you apparently have not studied the republican play book. According to the book this country can only attack weak, defenseless countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan. In case you may have forgotten, North Korea is capable of fighting back. Duh!

    April 13, 2012 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  21. GJGVT

    but it wasn't a political failure of the Bush Administration when they launched missile tests in 2006, and tested nuclear bombs underground? Or as GWB called them, nuc-u-lar

    April 13, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  22. DENNA

    Mitt's right. We should immediately send some of our war-weary American troops to North Korea to kick butt. We should just rush in there a occupy the place. After all, it's not like we're trying to wind down any other wars right now anyway, right? Mitt, please shut up. There is no way that President Obama should mindlessly take us into a war. Anyway, maybe if you win, you can immediately get us engaged. Isn't that what Republican presidents do?

    April 13, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  23. Just Say No to Flipper

    Good ole Mittens "The Flip-floppin' Robot" Rmoney just can't help his idiocy. What we saw from Korea was apparently yet another botched launch attempt by a nation with a recent history of such failures (not to mention many others). On any planet besides the GOBP cult's Planet Randworld, repeated failures by your enemy are a sign you are winning and and your enemy is losing. Rmoney and the GOBP don't like to see America win with a Dem president, so the GOBP cult motivates its sheeple with appeals to fear and hate, using lies and propaganda. Therefore, Rmoney and the GOBP must falsely claim that Korea's test failure somehow means the US has failed. What ridiculously transparent nonsense.

    April 13, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  24. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Yo have ZERO, ZILCH, NADA, 0, foreign policy experience Willard. Do you suggest we bomb North Korea along with Iran? Willard can't comrehend the word diplomacy. He's a shoot first, ask questions later type of guy.

    April 13, 2012 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  25. WatchDawg

    First it was Russia being the NUMBER 1 its North Korea's turn...I'm sure by the end of Romney's run for President he will have labelled more than half the world as 'America's number 1 threat'.

    His political end can't come soon enough....

    April 13, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
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