Congressman Joe Wilson’s bipartisan resolution condemning North Korea and calling for all available sanctions passed the House tonight by a vote of 398 to 3.
Earlier today, Congressman Wilson spoke on the House Floor urging its passage:
“I visited North Korea on a Congressional delegation in 2003 with House Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Eliot Engel. While there, we witnessed a regime obsessed with appearance and preservation to the detriment of their own citizens. After seeing the devastation of the people at the hands of the totalitarian regime, I have been even more invested in the need to hold the regime in Pyongyang accountable for threatening neighbors.
“In early February, I introduced this bipartisan resolution in response to North Korea’s threat to test an intercontinental ballistic missile. Their threat is concerning because an ICBM has the capability of reaching the West Coast of the United States.
“The rapid pace of North Korea’s growing offensive nuclear weapons development is alarming to the United States and our allies. In just a few short months, North Korea has appeared to successfully test an ICBM, launched a satellite, tested four simultaneous ballistic missiles—three of which landed in Japanese territorial waters, had a failed missile launch, and tested a ballistic missile engine. The regime also claims it is planning another nuclear test for later this month.
Sadly revealing, the regime in North Korea recently released a propaganda video depicting a missile striking a U.S. aircraft carrier and calling for the destruction of the American people.
“North Korea is rapidly advancing their capabilities, working to miniaturize nuclear technology to deliver a nuclear weapon anywhere in the world. Sadly, eight years of “strategic patience” only enabled the dictatorship. We cannot afford to stand by as this regime grows in power and influence—threatening the United States and our allies.
“I am grateful that President Donald Trump is taking the regime and its threats seriously. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently visited our allies in South Korea and Japan, and US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has led the efforts for strengthening international sanctions against North Korea.
“The Administration has also demonstrated peace through strength by backing up their commitments to our allies with action. We’ve begun deploying the THAAD missile defense system, recently resumed our annual military training exercises with South Korea, and deployed attack drones to support our service members stationed in the region.
“As we work to check the growing influence and missile capability of North Korea, Congress too has a vital role to play—starting by passing H.Res 92, to forcefully condemn North Korea for these recent actions and to call for the consideration of all available sanctions on the regime and the individuals or businesses that sustain it. We are clear – the United States must stand strong against North Korea for American families and South Korean allies.
“I appreciate the consideration of H.Res. 92, and I urge my colleagues to vote in support.”