Chairman Royce on the hearing: “As we intensify our efforts to counter North Korea’s nuclear threats, we must consider the full array of policy options at our disposal. Mr. Thae, who defected from North Korea last year, has valuable insights into the Kim regime’s vulnerabilities. This hearing will be an opportunity to learn how best to apply maximum diplomatic and financial pressure on the Kim regime. We will examine the impact our sanctions are having, as well as our efforts to empower the North Korean people with the truth about Kim Jong Un’s brutal human rights abuses.”

Opening Statements

Chairman Royce’s opening statement


Mr. Thae Yong-ho
(Former Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom)
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]


Hearing transcript (PDF)