Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Buchanan Votes To Sanction North Korea

Jan 12, 2016
Press Release
A Nuclear North Korea Is A Threat To The U.S.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, voted today to expand punishing economic sanctions against North Korea following reports that the rogue nation detonated a hydrogen bomb.

The “North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act,” passed by the U.S. House today in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, now goes to the Senate for consideration. It also seizes assets related to North Korea's weapons program.

The vote comes less than a week after North Korea announced it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, making it the country’s fourth nuclear test since 2006.

“With the Kim regime’s history of human rights violations and previous nuclear tests, we cannot afford to be naïve and wait for North Korea to voluntarily halt their weapons program,” Buchanan said. “The Administration must enact aggressive sanctions against North Korea.”

“A nuclear North Korea is just as dangerous as a nuclear Iran,” Buchanan said. “The White House needs to work with China and other nations to cripple North Korea's economy and back down its nuclear aspirations.”