US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Broader N. Korea Sanctions

Write : 2016-01-29 09:21:36 Update : 2016-01-29 11:20:18

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Approves Broader N. Korea Sanctions

The U.S. Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday unanimously passed a bill widening sanctions on North Korea.
 
The bill authorizes penalties against those supporting or facilitating North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, human rights violations and cyber security threats.
 
It also includes a secondary boycott clause approving sanctions on third parties that trade with North Korea to prevent cash flows into its programs developing weapons of mass destruction. The legislation will also ban imports of North Korean minerals as a means to block funds.

Senator Cory Gardner, the chair of the panel’s Asia sub-committee and co-writer of the bill, voiced hope that it would be passed smoothly in the coming weeks.
 
[Sound bite: Senator Cory Garnder, Republican – Colorado (English)]
"North Korea poses a serious and growing threat to its neighbors to the United States homeland and to global security. We agreed that we cannot continue to ignore the forgotten maniac, the forgotten maniac who is Kim Jong-un.”
 
Senator Bob Menendez added that North Korea and its trade partners would learn that Pyongyang’s human rights violations, weapons proliferation and cyber security threats were intolerable.
 
The bill awaits Senate and House approval before going to President Barack Obama for final review, as fears grow over a possible North Korean weapons test in the coming days.
 
A U.S. defense official, however, said a satellite or space vehicle launch is more likely than a ballistic missile test in the next two weeks. Regardless, the official stressed the launch would violate UN resolutions against North Korea.

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