U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) released this statement after the House passed H.R. 3898, the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act, which imposes sanctions on North Korea to limit its ability to finance weapons programs.
“Preventing North Korea from acquiring a nuclear weapon must be our top priority,” said Davis. “By establishing strong sanctions, we will help cripple their finances and threaten their weapons programs. This bill also sends a strong message against North Korea’s recent threats and the unjust detainment and inhumane treatment of U.S. citizens, like Otto Warmbier.”
H.R. 3898 imposes secondary financial sanctions on North Korea and incentivizes stricter sanctions enforcement by foreign countries, and require regular reports on sanctions implementation from the Department of the Treasury. This legislation also includes presidential waiver authorities that provide for sanctions relief if North Korea takes meaningful steps to limit its development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
This follows additional sanctions against North Korea passed by the House in July and was signed into law.