REP. FRANK GUINTA VOTES FOR SANCTIONS ENFORCEMENT
WASHINGTON -- Acting quickly to punish North Korean aggression, the House of Representatives today passed theNorth Korean Sanctions Enforcement Act, H.R. 757. Congressman Frank Guinta, a cosponsor, voted for the bill that would make economic sanctions on businesses and other entities trading with the rogue regime mandatory.
North Korea announced last week successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb."North Korea has possibly joined Iran in dangerous new weapons testing," explained Rep. Guinta."While the President boasts about peaceful nuclear agreements, America’s enemies have other ideas and are taking advantage of his weak foreign policy to threaten the U.S."
"Congress is re-asserting international leadership," said the Congressman. Specifically, H.R 757 denies entry to the United States any persons facilitating the North Korean nuclear program, targets banks that finance the dictatorship, and strengthens cargo inspections to detect illegal trade. The bill reinstates other sanctions that ended when the State Department removed North Korea from its State Sponsors of Terror list in 2008.
"Previous legislation leaves the interpretation of sanctions up to the President, a risk we cannot afford to take," said Rep. Guinta, a member of the House Financial Services Committee. "Sanctions on North Korea, also waging cyber attacks against the U.S., should be strong and permanent, until the country ceases its aggression."
Congress will vote on the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act, H.R. 3662, later this week. That bill would restrict the ability of the President to lift sanctions on the Islamic Republic, after its recent ballistic missile tests in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions.