WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today voted for the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which passed the Senate by a vote of 96-0.
“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jung Un, has willfully and repeatedly violated U.N. Security Council Resolutions regarding the development of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them,” said Inhofe. "North Korea is a habitual proliferator and will surely share its technology with Iran and other state sponsors of terrorism. It also continues to be involved in criminal activities around the world to include cyberattacks against organizations and governments. With passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, Congress is demonstrating America’s resolve in holding North Korea responsible for its actions along with those countries, organizations and individuals who are assisting them. It toughens sanctions against North Korea by forcing countries and companies around the world with a choice – either keep doing business with North Korea or do business with America. I encourage all member states of the United Nations to adhere to and enforce existing U.N. sanctions against North Korea and work with the U.S. to ensure North Korean compliance.”
Inhofe spoke on the Senate floor today regarding North Korea’s recent violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions and about his vote for increasing sanctions against the rogue state. You can view his speech by clicking here.
Since assuming power in 2012, Kim Jong-un and his regime conducted satellite launches in December 2012 and February 2016, continued to develop its ballistic missile program, conducted missile tests from several launch locations, and conducted nuclear tests in February 2013 and January 2016, all in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
On Jan. 12, the House passed its version of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act by a vote of 418-2.