Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives voting to pass H.R. 757 the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act 418 to 2:
"Recent reports of North Korea testing a hydrogen bomb show that North Korea is committed to destabilizing the region and antagonizing its neighbors at the expense of the wellbeing and safety of their own people. North Korean families are left without food and other basic necessities; any actions perceived as political dissent against the state can get people sent away to concentration camps. Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un continues to live a life of luxury dedicated to instigating conflict on the backs of his people.
I was glad to vote for the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, legislation authorizing the Obama Administration to impose targeted sanctions on entities all over the world that assist North Korea in its illicit pursuit of weapons of mass destruction, arms trafficking, money laundering, or human rights abuses. The international community must work together to choke off support to this abusive regime's ongoing illicit activities."
H.R. 757 now awaits further action in the Senate.