WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02), member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after supporting legislation to broaden sanctions against North Korea.
“North Korea must be held accountable for its growing aggression,” Walorski said. “Today Congress sent a clear message to North Korea that reckless and immature behavior by the North Korean government will not be tolerated.”
H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, targets North Korea’s ability to access funding needed for developing miniaturized nuclear warheads and the long-range missiles to deliver them.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 408-2 and passed the Senate unanimously and now heads to the president for further consideration.
On January 6, North Korea conducted a subterranean nuclear weapons test, claiming to have detonated a hydrogen bomb for the first time. On February 7, North Korea launched a long-range rocket it said was carrying a satellite but which Western officials believe was a test of ballistic missile technology.
In his annual assessment of global threats, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper on Tuesday said North Korea has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering material for nuclear weapons in weeks or months.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.