Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) released the following statement condemning North Korea’s apparent nuclear test:

“Dictators like Kim Jong Un don’t take time outs, they take advantage when the U.S. looks away.  As Iran prepares to gain billions in sanctions relief, North Korea surely thinks it can intimidate the Obama administration into the same. 

“The answer to North Korea’s threats is more pressure, not less.  This rogue regime has no interest in being a responsible state.  It continues to starve its people while it works to advance nuclear, missile and cyber weapons that pose a direct threat to the U.S. and our allies.  The administration’s North Korea policy has proven a dramatic failure, and we urgently need a new approach.”   

NOTE:  Chairman Royce is the author of the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act (H.R. 757), legislation that strengthens U.S. sanctions against North Korea.  More information about the legislation is available HERE.