Donovan, House Vote To Combat North Korean Aggression
Washington, DC—April 4, 2017....Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, yesterday voted to pass two bills to combat North Korean aggression, which increasingly poses a threat to the security of the United States and its allies. H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act and H.Res. 92, a resolution condemning North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles both passed the House.
Congressman Donovan said “North Korea’s aggressive actions, including repeated missile launches and its ongoing nuclear weapons program, represent an imminent threat to U.S. national security interests. These bills are a necessary step to deterring North Korean threats and holding the country accountable for its unacceptable behavior. We must act quickly to enforce these provisions and show that the U.S. will not tolerate North Korean aggression.”
H.R. 479 would require the State Department to determine whether North Korea can be defined as a state sponsor of terrorism. State sponsors of terrorism are subjected to sanctions, restricted from receiving U.S. foreign assistance, and banned from defense exports and sales. North Korea was previously registered as a state sponsor of terror, but was removed from the list in 2008 after the government agreed to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Since then, North Korea has supported terror attacks, performed ballistic missile tests, and carried out cyber-attacks against nuclear facilities in South Korea – all flagrant violations of its previous agreement.
H.Res.92 condemns North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles and welcomes the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in South Korea. In 2016, North Korea violated United Nations Security Council Resolutions more than 20 times through nuclear tests, missile tests, and a satellite launch.
Last year, Congress passed the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, legislation which strengthened sanctions against North Korea in reaction to numerous threatening acts.
The bills will now go to the Senate for consideration.