State of Minnesota secondary Archives: on Foreign Policy


Heather Johnson: The U.S. is not the U.N. nor the world police

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Maintain US sovereignty from UN"?

A: Yes, the U. S. is not the UN or the world police. Our government may have a right to make treaties on behalf of American interests in trade and peaceful mutual beneficial relationships, but it does not have a right to limit American liberties, lives, properties or to wage war for profit or personal gain and favor.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 18, 2014

Amy Klobuchar: When North Korea crosses line, there have to be consequences

Q: Do we use military action to stop North Korea’s nuclear program?

KLOBUCHAR: As a prosecutor, I know that when people cross a line, there’s got to be consequences. And in foreign affairs, it’s the same thing. I believe these sanctions are incredibly important; we can’t have North Korea begin to be some kind of weapons factory.

Q: If the North Koreans ignore the sanctions, what do we do?

KLOBUCHAR: We have to keep ratcheting things up. We have to keep working with our partners. But one of the things that went wrong here is that these multilateral discussions broke down, North Korea walked away from the table, and I believe we have to keep talking. It’s good that China’s part of this, but if it’s moving in the right direction and if we believe it’s in our national security interests, we should be talking to them directly. I mean, even during the Cold War we kept talking to Russia. And so the discussions are important, and we need to keep the diplomatic pressure on.

Source: 2006 MN Senate debate, on Meet the Press Oct 15, 2006

Mark Kennedy: Use diplomacy and China to pressure North Korea on nukes

Q: Do we use military action to stop North Korea’s nuclear program?

KENNEDY: We need to continue to ratchet up the diplomatic efforts. We also need to continue to push China. They have far more influence over North Korea.

Q: Pres. Bush said, “We will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.” Do we hold him to his commitment?

KENNEDY: But he also said that we want to have a peaceful and diplomatic solution. So we have to push every channel we can to achieve it in a peaceful and diplomatic way, not taking anything off the table.

Q: If Bush leaves office with nuclear devices in North Korea, will it have been a failed policy?

KENNEDY: We need to take every step we can to prevent that from happening.

Q: If the North Koreans ignore the sanctions, what do we do?

KLOBUCHAR: We have to keep ratcheting things up. Keeping the military option on the table is key, but sanctions are the first step, Unlike how we handled Iraq or where it was “Go it alone,” we have to work with our allies.

Source: 2006 MN Senate debate, on Meet the Press Oct 15, 2006

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