U.S. Senators: Please Support the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015
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** Tennessee Residents: Please call Senator Corker's office at 202.224.3344 to express support for HR 757. It is critical that your voices are heard. **
The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015 (HR 757) will strengthen the enforcement of financial sanctions against the North Korea regime targeting the regime's access to funds that enable it to continue its egregious human rights abuses, censorship, arms trade, development of weapons of mass destruction, illicit activities, and cyberattacks. The legislation seeks to address the crisis in North Korea and to work towards disarmament through nonmilitary means, to provide diplomatic leverage to negotiate necessary changes to the regime's conduct, and to ease the suffering of the people of North Korea.
The legislation not only targets the North Korean entities that engage in this conduct, but also the third-country banks, smugglers, and arms dealers that buy North Korea’s weapons, move its weapons and drugs, and help the regime launder and spend the profits.
The bill also includes new authorities to sanction those who assist Kim Jong Un in breaking U.N. Security Council resolutions, and authorizes the Treasury Department to freeze the billions of dollars in offshore deposits that Kim Jong Un spends on himself and his military, instead of on food and the needs of the North Korean people.
Because most of these transactions still flow through the U.S. financial system, the Treasury Department has the power to block them, giving it a special role in facilitating the enforcement of sanctions.
Sanctions like these are similar to those that forced Iran back to the bargaining table, and were devastating to Kim Jong-il when the U.S. briefly applied them in the past when he was dictator before his son, Kim Jong Eun, took power. This time, the sanctions cannot be relaxed or lifted unless North Korea takes important steps toward disarming, ending its crimes against humanity, and reforming the totalitarian system that starves and isolates its people.
The legislation also includes an important provision stating that it is necessary to "enforce sanctions in a manner that avoids any adverse humanitarian impact on the people of North Korea to the extent possible and in a manner that does not unduly constrain the enforcement of such sanctions."
Sign the petition requesting your Senator as well as Senator Bob Corker (TN), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for their support of HR 757 - The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015.
For the full text of the legislation, please visit:
For background information regarding North Korea sanctions, read "North Korea: The Myth of Maxed-Out Sanctions", Fletcher Security Review, Jan 21, 2015: http://www.fletchersecurity.org/#!stanton/c1vgi
To read U.N. Security Council Resolution 2094 (2013), strengthening sanctions in response to North Korea's third nuclear test on Feb 12, 2013, visit: http://www.un.org/press/en/2013/sc10934.doc.htm
For the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Feb 7, 2014, detailing the unspeakable atrocities occurring in North Korea, visit:
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