Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) released the following statement in response to today’s North Korean nuclear test:

“I condemn the reckless, belligerent nuclear test that North Korea conducted today in violation of its international obligations and the expectations of its neighbors.

“The North Korean leadership’s willingness to threaten regional stability endangers all nations, and it cannot continue. The United States in concert with other countries, including China, must come together to effectively convince North Korea not to continue down this dangerous path.”