Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) welcomed South Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho-Young to Capitol Hill yesterday afternoon for a discussion about the threats posed by North Korea’s efforts to develop a nuclear arsenal.  Following the meeting, Royce issued the below statement:

“It was a pleasure discussing the U.S.-South Korean commitment to maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and the region.  Applying effective financial pressure on the Kim regime is our best bet to end North Korea’s threats.  I am glad the U.S. Senate passed my bill to isolate Kim Jong Un and his top officials from the hard currency that sustains their rule, and hope to quickly get this legislation to President Obama’s desk.  I also want to commend South Korea’s decision to shutter the Kaesong Industrial complex in response to Pyongyang’s latest dangerous acts.  Russia and China need to follow suit.”