The Obama administration's policy of 'strategic patience' towards North Korea was a total failure—and the results speak for themselves. The Kim regime remains a destabalizing force intent on tormenting the west and developing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. That is why, following President Trump's leadership, we are taking the concrete actions necessary to finally hold Pyongyang accountable for its actions and keep Americans safe.
Today, the House will vote on two bipartisan bills to address the threats posed by the Kim regime:
1. North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act — Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX): To require the State Department to determine whether it should designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism following recent new evidence, including the apparent regime-sponsored assassination of Kim Jung Un’s half-brother in Kuala Lumpur.
2. Condemning North Korea’s Development of Multiple Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles — Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC): To formally condemn Pyongyang’s continued development of its intercontinental ballistic missile program. This follows last year’s enactment of new economic sanctions targeting North Korea for its range of illicit activities.
As President Xi Jinging visits the United States this week, we hope President Trump will urge Chinese assistance in confronting these threats to the United States and our allies. In the meantime, these measures demonstrate our commitment to working with the Trump administration to defend ourselves against this rogue regime.