Congresswoman Lee Calls for De-Escalation of Tensions with North Korea

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lee joined Ranking Member John Conyers and more than 60 of their Democratic colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging the Trump Administration to exercise restraint with North Korea.

“President Trump’s belligerent rhetoric towards North Korea is dangerous. It’s imperative that President Trump de-escalate tensions and pursue diplomacy with North Korea,” said Congresswoman Lee. “Instead of saber-rattling, we should be pursuing direct talks with North Korea to prevent this crisis from spiraling out of control.”

Additionally, Congresswoman Lee urged the Trump Administration to acknowledge Congress’s constitutional role in authorizing war.

“The fact is that there is no military solution to this problem. Moreover, the power to declare war – or undertake any pre-emptive attack – lies with Congress. President Trump and his advisors must respect the constitutional authority of Congress to debate and vote on any war operations.”

To read the text of the letter, click here.