Washington, D.C. — House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement after the U.N. Security Council voted to impose new sanctions against North Korea’s Kim regime following its recent rocket launch and nuclear test:

“Kim Jong Un’s reckless and dangerous acts threaten the security of the U.S. and the entire Pacific region.  I am glad my bill, now law, imposing stiff new sanctions on the Kim regime helped leverage unprecedented action from the United Nations Security Council.  Ambassador Power and the administration did well getting this done, and must work to see that everyone aggressively enforces these – and all previously existing – multilateral sanctions on the Kim regime. 

“At the same time, I urge President Obama to use all the authority that the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act grants him to cut off cash to Kim Jong Un’s illicit and deadly programs.  We must use every tool we have to keep North Korea from building an advanced nuclear arsenal capable of striking the United States and our allies.”