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Upton, House Pass Measures Targeting North Korea

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Washington, April 3, 2017 | Lynn Turner/Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761/269-385-0039) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in advancing two pieces of bipartisan legislation to address urgent threats posed by North Korea’s Kim Jong Un regime. Just today, a North Korean defector spoke to NBC and warned the U.S. and allies that the “world should be ready” to deal with Kim Jung Un.

“In recent weeks, North Korea has escalated their threats against American lives. In response to these troubling provocations, we have taken action,” said Upton. “Today’s measures push the State Department to determine whether North Korea should be re-listed as a State Sponsor of Terrorism and officially condemn their development of nuclear weapons. As we move forward, we must be clear-eyed in our resolve to protect our citizens from this rogue state.”

H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017, would urge the State Department to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Consequences of a state sponsors of terrorism designation include a ban on arms-related exports and sales: restrictions on exports of dual-use items; restrictions on foreign assistance; financial sanctions against transactions with the designated government; imposition of miscellaneous trade and other restrictions; and potential liability in United States courts for acts that fall within the terrorism exception of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. H.R. 479 was advanced by a bipartisan 394 to 1 vote.

H.Res. 92 – Condemning North Korea’s development of multiple intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICMBs), and for other purposes, would condemn these developments and also urge the United States to apply all available economic sanctions on North Korea. H.Res. 92 was advanced by a bipartisan 398 to 3 vote. 

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