Clinton camp hits Sanders over missed North Korea vote

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE's campaign is knocking rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population Overnight Health Care: Medicaid enrollment reaches new high | White House gives allocation plan for 55M doses | Schumer backs dental, vision, hearing in Medicare Schumer backing plan to add dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare MORE for skipping a Senate vote to crack down on North Korea after he called the isolated country a key concern.  

"It is unfortunate that yet again, Senator Sanders has shown a lack of interest in vital national security issues, failing to vote on sanctions against the country he said poses the greatest threat to the United States," Clinton campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson said after the Wednesday vote.
 
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Sanders — one of four senators to miss Wednesday's vote — said that while he had to be "necessarily absent," the increased sanctions were "absolutely essential" to ending North Korea's nuclear program. 
 
The vote on the sanctions legislation follows the Vermont senator suggesting during last week's debate that out of North Korea, Russia and Iran, he was most worried about North Korea. 
 
"I worry very, very much about an isolated country," he said at the time. "North Korea is a very, very strange country because it is so isolated, and I do feel that a nation with nuclear weapons, they have got to be dealt with."
 
Wednesday's criticism from the Clinton campaign comes as the former secretary of State's allies have increasingly suggested Sanders is inexperienced on security-related policy as the two have battled in early-voting states. 
 
Sanders has rebuffed that criticism, pointing to Clinton's vote for the Iraq War. 
 
"I voted against the war in Iraq, Hillary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq," the Vermont senator told reporters late last month. "That may tell people about ... judgment. I'm not going to apologize to anybody about my judgement on foreign policy."