The U.S. House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to approve legislation aimed at placing increased sanctions on North Korea, as part of a larger effort to curb the nation’s nuclear ambitions. These new sanctions target North Korea’s shipping industry and third party companies that do business with Kim’s regime.
The legislation, which passed by a vote of 419-1, also calls on the Trump administration to report to Congress within 90 days with a determination as to whether or not North Korea is to be added once again to the government’s state sponsors of terror list. Adding that designation would further tighten restrictions placed on the reclusive state as well as on foreign aid provided by the United States.
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce of California, the Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, the committee’s senior Democrat, must now go to the Senate for approval.
The bill aims to bar North Korean ships, as well as ships from nations that refuse to comply with UN resolutions regarding North Korea, from operating in U.S. waters or docking in any American port. Goods produced by forced labor in North Korea would also be banned from entering the United States via any other means.