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house Bill H.R. 1644

Should Sanctions on North Korea be Strengthened?

Argument in favor

The North Korean regime continues to flagrantly abuse the human rights of its people and develop nuclear weapons in violation of international law. This strengthens sanctions on those who enable the rogue state’s weapons program and human rights abuses.

drjoen's Opinion
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05/01/2017
We need to help deprive the North Korean regime of money so they can not continue provocation and nuclear proliferation. And by all means pursue diplomacy as well.
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Carolyn's Opinion
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05/01/2017
Sanctions are better than blowing them up.
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Chrissboom's Opinion
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05/01/2017
North Korea is dangerous, unacceptable, and a threat. Let's TRY solving this through diplomacy however, leave all options on the table.
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Argument opposed

Strengthening sanctions against North Korea will only further back the regime into a corner, and could cause Kim Jong Un to act out even more, potentially starting a war. Diplomacy through direct talks should happen in advance of any sanctions.

Mike's Opinion
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05/01/2017
Trump is weak and using escalation with North Korea to make it seem as though he is a strong leader. This is a red herring and a dangerous game. Trump the chicken hawk should be ashamed of being so cavalier with so many other people's lives.
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TuckerWantsLiberty's Opinion
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05/01/2017
Sanctions are an act of war. I'm not some bloodthirsty lunatic trying to provoke wars, so no. Why should we impose harsher famine on North Korea's populace? They're communists, keep in mind, so despite their rhetoric of equality, the economic pains and pressures you would try to levy on them would fall on everyone EXCEPT the government (because they are "more equal than others"). You'll just be applying further burden to their oppressed citizenry. That hardship will not inspire open rebellion because they have a national narrative of an imperialist America that one day is going to come back to try to finish the job - and you're playing right into it!
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05/01/2017
This so-called administration can't handle representing it's citizens properly. Why would I want them involved in a much more complex system of global politics? GTFO.
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  • Not enacted
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  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed May 4th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 419 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Financial Services
      Trade
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMarch 21st, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1644?

This bill would strengthen sanctions against the North Korean regime for its nuclear weapons program and human rights violations. It sanctions individuals who are involved in the use of North Korean forced labor, who buy metals from or provide military fuel to the regime, and prohibits accounts that can be used to gain access to U.S. currency. Goods produced in whole or in part by North Korean forced labor would be prohibited from entering the U.S. Aid to foreign governments that buy or sell North Korean weapons would be cut off.

This bill would require the executive branch to determine within 90 days whether North Korea should be re-designated as a state sponsor of terror. It’d also require a report on cooperation between North Korea and Iran on the two countries’ nuclear weapons programs, and a report on the implementation of U.N. Security Council resolutions sanctioning North Korea by other countries.

Impact

North Korea and the nations or individuals who are connected to its nuclear weapons program or its use of forced labor; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1644

$10.00 Million
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $10 million over the 2017-2022 period.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced this bill to strengthen sanctions against the North Korean regime of dictator Kim Jong Un:

“North Korea’s nuclear arsenal poses a growing and urgent threat to the United States.  Soon, many believe the Kim Jong Un regime will be able to target all 50 states and our Asian allies with a nuclear warhead… Last month a U.N. report made clear that North Korea is using ‘increasingly sophisticated’ tactics to evade existing sanctions.  Networks of middlemen and banks are succeeding in ‘moving money, people… arms and material, across borders’ while sanctions enforcement by other nations ‘remains insufficient.’  This legislation will expand U.S. sanctions to target these front companies and enablers that fund the Kim regime’s nuclear program and human rights abuses.”

The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed this bill on a voice vote. It currently has the support of 23 cosponsors, including 14 Republicans and nine Democrats.


Of Note: In February 2016, legislation directing the president to look into North Korea’s “sanctionable activities” was passed by Congress nearly unanimously and signed into the law by then-President Barack Obama. In April 2017, the House passed a bill calling on the State Dept. to evaluate re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terror on a 394-1 vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Stefan Krasowski / Creative Commons)

AKA

Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act

Official Title

To enhance sanctions with respect to transactions relating to North Korea, and for other purposes.

    We need to help deprive the North Korean regime of money so they can not continue provocation and nuclear proliferation. And by all means pursue diplomacy as well.
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    Trump is weak and using escalation with North Korea to make it seem as though he is a strong leader. This is a red herring and a dangerous game. Trump the chicken hawk should be ashamed of being so cavalier with so many other people's lives.
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    Sanctions are an act of war. I'm not some bloodthirsty lunatic trying to provoke wars, so no. Why should we impose harsher famine on North Korea's populace? They're communists, keep in mind, so despite their rhetoric of equality, the economic pains and pressures you would try to levy on them would fall on everyone EXCEPT the government (because they are "more equal than others"). You'll just be applying further burden to their oppressed citizenry. That hardship will not inspire open rebellion because they have a national narrative of an imperialist America that one day is going to come back to try to finish the job - and you're playing right into it!
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    Sanctions are better than blowing them up.
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    This so-called administration can't handle representing it's citizens properly. Why would I want them involved in a much more complex system of global politics? GTFO.
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    North Korea is dangerous, unacceptable, and a threat. Let's TRY solving this through diplomacy however, leave all options on the table.
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    What are we waiting for? Chinese banks have been involved in money laundering. Gordon Chang says "They’ve been using dollar accounts in New York,” “If we were to unplug Chinese banks, it would rock the global markets, but it would show Beijing for the first time since 1994 that we were serious about protecting the American homeland. Sounds like a solution to NK belligerence and saber rattling to its Asian neighbors. Only China has the slug hammer to slow NK. NK also is aiding Iran in its missile technology and therefore could slow its progress in ballistics. John Batchelor said in an op-ed that" Kim Jong-un has shown the most fear of the cruise missiles. The DPRK’s scramble for a sixth nuclear weapon test, the repeated firing of the first-stages of ICBMs, the live fire exercise of long-range artillery, the threats to launch WMD, all these point to profound panic in the regime."
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    That won't work. This is why we continue to have conflicts. We try to act like we are morally better and know what is best for everyone. Communication and REAL diplomacy is what is needed, and from everyone. No other country is spending this much time concerned with North Korea, why? Because they don't keep pissing the dude off!
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    Yes, but also work more with China with regards to this issue, as China has more trade power in North Korea.
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    Only economic failure could convince the people of North Korea to rise up against their Supreme Leader. If we want to solve the Korean problem peacefully, we have to do it economically
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    The question is should WE have stronger sanctions, but will others also strengthen their sanctions. Without China and Russia support, this makes little difference and only serves the North Korean government in their propaganda.
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    To allow N. Korea to progress with nuclear program is dangerous. I am against war, but I see no other alternative.
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    Yes we should. And anyone who thinks we should can all go to California so they will be the first ones to get hit by their nuke once they finally create one. Don't put other people's lives at risk because you care about some totalitarian regime's feelings. If I had it my way I would show them how a nuke works by hitting their capital. No country should ever threaten the United States of America and get away with it 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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    When your children disobey, do you impose consequences? If you're being bullied, do you back down, so that the abuse continues? Peace through strength. Sound familiar?
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    North Korea’s Nukes Are Probably Here to Stay • We had one chance to stop this. That was in 1994. • If U.S. policymakers could not stomach the death toll in 1994, they are likely less inclined to do so today. July 31, 2017 4:00 AM North Korea’s nuclear weapons probably aren’t going anywhere. The test of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday is the latest disconcerting development in a decades-long slide toward a nuclear-armed North Korea capable of striking the U.S. homeland and its allies. As past administrations repeatedly failed to make the hard choices, the Trump administration now faces an uphill, if not impossible, battle as it pursues a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. The U.S. and its partners are no longer preventing North Korea from developing nuclear bombs and long-range missiles; rather, they are attempting to take nuclear weapons away from the regime, a far more daunting task. The cost of conflict at this point would be, in the words of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, “tragic on an unbelievable scale.” U.S. Army General Mark Milley described any potential conflict on the Korean peninsula Thursday as “highly deadly, horrific.” The U.S. had one chance to stop North Korea in its tracks a little over two decades ago. It would have been bloody, but significantly less devastating than a conflict would be now. North Korea attempted to deceive the global community in 1994, kicked out inspectors, and likely had enough nuclear material for two nuclear weapons. “I was determined to prevent North Korea from developing a nuclear arsenal, even at the risk of war,” former President Bill Clinton wrote in his memoirs, revealing that the U.S. was seriously considering surgical strikes on North Korea’s nuclear facilities. Clinton held back because he received “a sobering estimate of the staggering losses both sides would suffer if war broke out.” Instead, he opted for diplomacy, which resulted in the Agreed Upon Framework. North Korea betrayed the pact and covertly developed nuclear weapons while the U.S. provided billions of dollars, potentially subsidizing the program and prolonging the life of the regime. Before North Korea had nuclear weapons and an arsenal of increasingly reliable missiles, the estimated casualty count for a war with North Korea was in the hundreds of thousands, but that conflict would at least have been definitive and non-nuclear. U.S. military officials were confident at the time that North Korea’s Yongbyon reactor could be taken out without spreading radiation. Now the death toll would be significantly higher, and it will continue to rise as North Korea advances its weapons programs. North Korean missiles are flying farther, bringing new targets in range, and the explosive yield has grown with each nuclear test since 2006. The North is processing more nuclear material, developing new launch systems, and readying itself for what could be a catastrophic conflict. A bloody sacrifice in ’94 might have been worth it to avoid the situation we now face. North Korea holds a vast stockpile of chemical weapons as well, and has taken every step to ensure any conflict will exact as much blood as possible. The U.S.’s response, meanwhile, has been limited to sanctions on a regime with little regard for the well-being of its own people. Each successive nuclear and missile test by the North Korean regime highlights the enduring failure of this approach — and pushes the death toll in a potential conflict higher. If U.S. policymakers could not stomach the death toll in 1994, they are likely less inclined to do so today. A bloody sacrifice in ’94 might have been worth it to avoid the situation we now face — one in which a de-nuclearized Korean peninsula is unlikely to be seen in our lifetimes. READ MORE: West Can Neither Live with nor Take Out North Korean Nukes http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449404/north-korean-nukes-wests-deterrent-insufficient?target=topic&tid=1810 The Korean Game of Thrones http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449795/korean-game-thrones-america-should-speak-more-softly-carry-bigger-stick?target=topic&tid=1810 The North Korean Nuclear Threat, and How to Address It http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449173/north-korea-nuclear-threat-planning-cooperation-are-vital?target=topic&tid=1810 — Saagar Enjeti is the Pentagon and foreign-affairs correspondent for the Daily Caller News Foundation in Washington, D.C. ‌http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449995/north-korean-nuclear-crisis-we-could-have-stopped-1994
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    Yes and diplomatic efforts should be up scaled with the Chinese to put the brakes on NK's pursuit of an atomic weapon.
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    Sanction them. It's preferred compared to military action. If it doesn't work, well.. military action is still on the table.
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    Why is this even a question. That dwarf tyrannical leader needs to have as little money available to him to allow him the technologies to try and rule the world.
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    Sanctions against tyrants do nothing, and they only hurt the people who are oppressed. So what, exactly, would this do, other than reinforce Kim's propaganda? Get China to do something.
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    Sanctions do not appear to have worked. We need to be prepared, but not trigger happy. Involvement by our allies to turn down the heat might be a workable solution; sabre rattling is dangerous.
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