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Cotton Statement on China’s Criticism of Missile-Defense System in South Korea

March 7, 2017

Contact: Caroline Rabbitt (202) 224-2353

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) today released the following statement in response to China's criticism of the THAAD missile-defense system recently deployed in South Korea:

"Beijing does not dictate to the United States what we can and cannot do to protect ourselves and our allies. If the ministry is so concerned about an arms race, then it should've put its foot down years ago and brought to reason the country that's done the most to provoke one: North Korea. Instead, China has given a pass to the regime's reckless behavior for far too long. The U.S. will do whatever it takes to keep our country and our allies safe, and there's no moral equivalence between our self-defense and North Korea's aggression."