Gallagher Applauds House Passage of Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act
Washington, D.C – Congressman Mike Gallagher released the following statement after the House voted to pass, H.R. 3898, the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act. This bipartisan legislation imposes secondary sanctions with respect to North Korea in order to reduce Pyongyang’s ability to finance its nuclear weapons program. The bill is named in honor of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died after being brutalized and tortured by the Kim regime in North Korea while on a trip abroad.
“Otto Warmbier’s story is a tragedy, but after today’s vote in the House, can serve as a turning point in holding accountable those who support and enable the Kim regime’s reckless behavior. By imposing significant costs on those who do business with Pyongyang, we are making it crystal clear those who empower the Kim regime will pay a steep price.”
Earlier this month, Rep. Gallagher introduced a complementary piece of legislation, the Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill authorizes efforts to combat Pyongyang’s widespread human rights and labor trafficking abuses, and applies economic and diplomatic pressure to North Korea and those who enable it.