The challenge to both regional security in Northeast and Southeast Asia as well as to global security posed by the reckless behavior of North Korea should not be underestimated. Congress must constructively but realistically address the current actions of the North Koreans. The time is now to emphatically call on the Government of North Korea to cease producing nuclear weapons, to end its proliferation of ballistic missiles and to retract from a ballistic missile launch consistent with its 1999 pledge to refrain from such testing. House Concurrent Resolution 432 would convey this important message.