Latta Helps Pass Stronger Sanctions on North Korea
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, by a near unanimous vote Thursday afternoon. The legislation significantly strengthens existing sanctions against the North Korean regime by restricting access to money and materials to fund the rogue country’s weapons programs. The bill also mandates sanctions against any foreign person buying certain metals or minerals from North Korea, and expands the ability to impose sanctions. The bill also prohibits goods that are produced through North Korean forced labor from entering the United States. North Korea has launched 49 missiles since 2015 including a missile test last Saturday.
“North Korea continues to flaunt international norms as their government advances their capabilities to fire nuclear weapons at the U.S. mainland,” said Latta. “It’s critical that the U.S. and our allies maintain sustained pressure on this rogue regime in order to gain leverage and change their behavior. Today’s bipartisan vote shows the American people are united in their support of holding the North Korean government accountable.”