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Romney attacks Obama over North


22일(현지시간) 미국 플로리다주 린대학에서 열린 마지막 TV토론에서 버락 오바마 미 대통령(오른쪽)과 밋 롬니 공화당 대선 후보가 인사를 나누고 있다. [AP=연합뉴스]

WASHINGTON - In criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy during a televised debate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday briefly took issue with North Korea.

“You see North Korea continuing to export their nuclear technology,” Romney said, in what he termed evidence of a weaker America under Obama’s leadership.

He argued that Iran has come four years closer to having nuclear weapons and the Middle East is ridden with rising tides of violence and chaos, especially in Syria where around 30,000 civilians have been killed in prolonged bloodshed. Romney also pointed out the U.S.’ growing trade deficit with China.

“I don’t see our influence growing around the world. I see our influence receding,” he said during the debate held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

The former Massachusetts governor also recalled Obama’s campaign pledge four years ago that he was open to dialogue with then North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Romney, however, stopped short of providing details of his claim that North Korea keeps selling nuclear technology.

Obama did not respond to the specific issue of North Korea either.

The reclusive communist nation has long been suspected of maintaining missile and nuclear ties with countries such as Iran and Myanmar. However, there has been no concrete report of such illicit transactions of late.

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