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May 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer voted with his colleagues today to strengthen U.S. sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, will build on 2016 sanctions, and give the administration important new tools to crack down on the Kim regime. It expands sanctions to deter North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile program and enforces U.N. Security Council resolutions – ratcheting up pressure on financial institutions that still do business with North Korea. The legislation also targets those who employ North Korean slave labor overseas.  And it cracks down on North Korean shipping and use of international ports, which will cut down on the regime’s ability to ship weapons and other banned goods. 

"The nearly unanimous vote today to strengthen sanctions on North Korea sends a clear message that Congress and this Administration will no longer tolerate North Korea’s provocative behavior. For years, we have seen failed diplomacy in previous administrations lead to a stronger, more emboldened North Korea. As consequence, the Kim Regime continues to expand its nuclear weapons program while at the same time testing missiles on more than 49 occasions since the beginning of 2015. It’s time to start dealing with North Korea from a position of strength. The economic sanctions passed today will continue to weaken the North Korean economy, and increase the fragility of the current regime. One way or another, we will protect Americans from the likes of dictators like Kim Jong-un, and these sanctions are an important step in doing so.”