Bipartisan legislation to impose tighter sanctions on North Korea advanced out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week. Spurred by the Communist country’s latest nuclear test earlier this month, Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) and Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD) developed the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act to make more effective America’s non-military efforts to disarm and advance human rights in that nation.
Chairman Corker stated, “We need a proactive approach that will more effectively isolate the regime instead of continuing to respond to mounting threats and provocation.” Senator Cory Gardener (R-CO), another key leader in this effort, was more blunt in his assessment. He called the Obama Administration’s efforts to date to be a “strategic failure” and declared, “Despite North Korea’s repeated nuclear tests and long record of gross human rights atrocities, which represent a grave threat to global security, North Korea’s Forgotten Maniac has been met with indifference instead of strength.” They touted this bill as offering important new tools.
Notably, the House of Representatives approved a sanctions bill earlier this month. The Obama Administration, too, has been weighing options and was in talks with China this week about efforts that could be accomplished through the United Nations.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: January 29, 2016