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Van Hollen Statement on Urgent Need to Strengthen Sanctions on North Korea

August 29th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Today U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) urged Congress to soon consider their Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea (BRINK) Act, which is the necessary next step in tackling the crisis in North Korea and peacefully resolving this nuclear threat.

 

“The rapidly escalating situation in North Korea demands quick action from Congress to expand and enforce sanctions against Kim Jong Un’s regime, and Senator Toomey and I have introduced the BRINK Act to do just that. U.N sanctions resolutions are only words if they are not enforced, and for too long the international community has been unwilling to enforce sanctions against Pyongyang,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I recently visited South Korea, China, and Japan on a Congressional delegation trip, and it’s clear that much more needs to be done to crack down on financial institutions supporting North Korea. This bill will put sharp enforcement teeth behind the sanctions, and it sends a clear message to anyone who has any business dealings with North Korean entities – you can do business with them, or you can do business with the United States. But you can't do both.”

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