Gallagher Introduces Bill to Toughen North Korea Sanctions & Policy

October 11, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C – Today in the House, Congressman Mike Gallagher, along with Representatives Ann Wagner (R-MO) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced the bipartisan Leverage to Enhance Effective Diplomacy Act of 2017.  This bipartisan bill would impose tougher sanctions and policies on North Korea as the U.S. continues working on a diplomatic solution to the threat of North Korea’s developing nuclear capabilities. The 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.

After the bill was introduced, Rep. Gallagher released the following quote:

“For more than twenty years, American foreign policy has failed to fundamentally change North Korean behavior. It is time that the United States change its approach to impose significant costs on actors that support and enable the Kim regime’s reckless aggression. The LEED Act takes an important step by making crystal clear that those who do business with Pyongyang will not be welcome to do business with America.”


Financial Sanctions

  • Requires the President to block all transactions that are property of the North Korean government, affiliates, or those that conduct significant business activities with North Korea.
  • Requires the President to block any entity or financial institution implicated in any significant trade in goods or services with North Korea from the U.S. financial system. Entities include the top 10 companies doing business with North Korea.
  • Requires the President to produce a strategy to end North Korean labor trafficking practices around the world.

Human Rights Support

  • Reauthorizes the North Korea Human Rights Act of 2004 for 5 years, which includes support for broadcasting and human rights/democracy activities.

North Korea Policy Review

  • Requires a strategy to address the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea.
  • Requires a Congressional briefing no later than 30 days following any U.S. official diplomatic engagement with North Korea.
  • Requires a report on U.S. citizens currently detained in North Korea.
  • Requires report regarding the use and strategy to end the procurement of certain rocket fuels by North Korea.

North Korea Isolation Strategy

  • Requires a global strategy to diplomatically and economically isolate North Korea and to produce a list of countries the Secretary of State considers non-cooperative in such isolations efforts.
  • Authorizes downgrading U.S. relations with any country that fail to take measures to diplomatically and economically isolate North Korea. 
  • Authorizes reducing or terminating U.S. assistance to any countries that fail to take measures to diplomatically and economically isolate North Korea.


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