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Surprise! Bishop and Chambliss differ on North Korea strategy

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October 19, 2006

Albany -- Georgia politicians have widely different outlooks on the North Korea nuclear crisis, right down party lines.  

Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss says President Bush is drawing nations together to keep North Korea in check, while Democratic Congressman Sanford Bishop says the President's foreign policy caused the problem.  

Bishop says North Korea was beginning to open up and become cooperative with America, until President Bush's first year in office. "Around 2001, we started hearing a little saber rattling and talking about the Axis of Evil, and I think that perhaps upset the progress that was being made."

Bishop says he has traveled to North Korea and met with their leaders and people, and knows they believe in defending their nation, and does not think the United States can dictate their development of atomic weapons. "I'm not certain that any sovereign nation can say to another sovereign nation what they can or can not do, except by the power of brute force."

Senator Saxby Chambliss, speaking to students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, has a different view of North Korea's leadership. "Kim Jong Ill is a very unstable individual. He is one of those folks who seeks to intimidate the rest of the world."

Chambliss said the President will use a coalition of nations to keep North Korea in check.  "Now even China is getting very concerned about what is going on in North Korea. Frankly," he said, "it is much more of a threat to them than it is to us."

Bishop says the United States need to let other countries know we are "not looking for a fight."  

Senator Chambliss said the nuclear danger from North Korea is much greater for South Korea, Japan, or China, than for America.  

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