Wednesday, March 30, 2016

On March 2, Rep. Matt Salmon, Arizona Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, made this statement in support of the United Nations’ sanctions resolution against North Korea:

The U.N. Security Council adopted a strong new resolution against North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, recognizing the persistent threat this rogue regime presents to the world. These additional sanctions and restrictions imposed on the Kim Jong-un regime align international sanctions more closely with those that Congress imposed through the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2016 — a bill I was proud to co-sponsor. I am pleased to see the international community recognize that more significant pressure must be applied for North Korea to give up its proscribed nuclear and missile programs.

This resolution follows not only our action in Congress, but also strong measures by our allies in the region. The government of Japan imposed tough new unilateral sanctions, and South Korean President Park Geun-hye took the bold step of closing the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex, cutting off a major source of revenue for the Kim regime. I call on all U.N. member states to swiftly implement and enforce all international sanctions and restrictions on North Korea.

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