Today, the House passed H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, which will ensure that existing sanctions against North Korea are enforced and gives the administration additional tools to crack down on the North Korean regime in the wake of continued provocations and threats. Congresswoman Susan Brooks issued the following statement in support of H.R. 1644:
"Since 2015, North Korea has launched at least 49 missiles and preparations for a sixth nuclear test are underway. This is no idle threat. We must apply sustained diplomatic and financial pressure to the Kim Jong-Un and his regime, and make sure that existing sanctions are enforced to prevent further development of their nuclear powers. It is clear that North Korea represents a threat to our allies and to our troops stationed abroad, particularly those stationed in South Korea and Japan. These sanctions are a good step towards resolving this situation peacefully in cooperation with our Allies to ensure international stability and safety."
Specifically, H.R. 1644 expands sanctions to deter North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program and to enforce U.N. Security Council resolutions. In addition it targets those who employ North Korean slave labor overseas and cracks down on North Korean shipping and use of international ports, which will cut down on North Korea's ability to ship weapons and other banned goods.