Please Take Action Now to Support the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015

Please Urge your Elected Representative to Support the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015

Please click here to sign the petition to Senator Bob Corker and other U.S. Senators urging for their support of the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 757). 

If you would like to send a personalized letter to your elected representative, feel free to use the sample letter as a guide (see below).

Information about the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015

On February 5, 2015, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the committee’s Ranking Member, introduced the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 757), legislation that strengthens U.S. sanctions against the North Korea regime.  Similar legislation passed the House last year (H.R. 1771), but was not acted on by the Senate. This year, on Thursday, July 9, Robert Menendez (D-NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) introduced parallel legislation in the Senate. Please urge your elected representatives to take action now.

The North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015 will strengthen the enforcement of tough financial sanctions to target the North Korea regime's egregious human rights abuses, censorship, arms trade, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) development, illegal activity, and cyberattacks.  It doesn't just target the North Korean entities that engage in this conduct, but also the third-country banks, smugglers, and arms dealers that buy North Korea's weapons, move its weapons and drugs, and help it launder and spend the profits.

The bill also includes new authorities to sanction those who assist Kim Jong Un in breaking U.N. sanctions, and authorizes the Treasury Department to freeze the billions of dollars in offshore deposits that Kim Jong Un spends on himself and his military, instead of food for his starving people.

Because these transactions still flow through the U.S. financial system, the Treasury Department has the power to block them. Sanctions like these are similar to those that forced Iran back to the bargaining table, and were devastating to devastating to Kim Jong-il when the U.S. briefly applied them in the past when he was dictator before his son, Kim Jong Eun, took power. Similar sanctions have also been effective against Russia, Burma, and Sudan. Iran is the most recent example of how sanctions can be a powerful tool to reach U.S. diplomatic goals. This time, the sanctions cannot be relaxed or lifted unless North Korea takes important steps toward disarming, ending its crimes against humanity, and reforming the totalitarian system that starves and isolates its people. The legislation takes up the Call to Action of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, which published its detailed findings of North Korea's egregious human rights abuses on February 7, 2014.

On Thursday, July 9, 2015, Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a Senate version of the bill.  Your continued support is needed as a bill must be passed by both the House and the Senate in identical form and signed by the President to become law.
  The list of sponsors for H.R. 757, both Democrat and Republican, continues to grow.  Your voices are being heard!

- The full text of the “North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015”.
- Additional information about H.R. 757.
- The Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Feb 7, 2014.
- Article by Josh Stanton of OneFreeKorea: North Korea: The Myth of Maxed out Sanctions published by the Fletcher Security Review, Jan 21, 2015.

SAMPLE LETTER TO ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE

Note: Your elected officials will receive your letter the quickest by sending it through the Contact Form found at most of their individual websites. Feel free to copy and paste this letter in that space. Your personal comments are even better.

The Hon. __________

Dear Representative ____________: (Find your Elected Representative and his/her website HERE)

As your constituent, I respectfully request for your support of the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act. This bill was introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the Committee’s Ranking Member, on February 5, 2015.

H.R. 757 is similar to H.R. 1771, which passed the House of Representatives on a voice vote in the last session of Congress, but adds new sanctions authorities to target the North Korean hackers who attacked our right to free expression and made terrorist threats against American moviegoers. On Thursday, July 9, Robert Menendez (D-NJ) of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Lindsay Graham (R-SC) introduced parallel legislation in the Senate.

H.R. 757 is bipartisan legislation that would impose tough, targeted financial sanctions on the North Korean leaders who are responsible for crimes against humanity, including mass starvation, the operation of political prison camps, and the oppression of Christians. It specifically targets the regime's ability to carry out its egregious human rights abuses by blocking the assets of human rights abusers, the regime’s military and security forces, and the banks that sustain them. These powerful financial sanctions are similar to those that were effective against Kim Jong Il in 2005, before they were prematurely lifted. Similar sanctions have also been effective against Russia, Burma, and Sudan. Iran is the most recent example of how sanctions can be a powerful too to reach U.S. diplomatic goals.

H.R. 757 takes up the Call to Action of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, which published its detailed findings on February 7, 2014, finding that the regime’s abuses have no “parallel in the contemporary world.” It presses the Obama Administration to use all available tools to impose sanctions against North Korea, and on countries and companies that assist North Korea in bolstering its nuclear weapons program, violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, oppressing the North Korean people, counterfeiting our currency, and launching cyberattacks against the U.S.

The North Korean regime is a serious and growing threat to world peace. It has long been a grave threat to the North Korean people, and to our South Korean allies. It sells weapons to Hezbollah and Hamas, which uses them to terrorize civilians in Israel. It is helping Syria with the chemical weapons program that is killing Syrian children. Today, it directly threatens our freedom and our security right here, in America. If America does not respond to these grave provocations, North Korea’s conduct will grow more outrageous, and others will be encouraged to provoke us.

I respectfully request that you do support the prompt passage of this very important legislation. 

Sincerely,

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