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

“North Korea’s continued nuclear advancements pose an unacceptable threat to the United States and our allies. The administration should swiftly and fully utilize authorities provided by Congress to deny Kim Jong Un the cash he needs to fuel his illicit weapons programs. Years of failed negotiations have left big holes in the sanctions on this rogue regime. Working with our allies, especially South Korea and Japan, we must apply maximum financial and diplomatic pressure. That includes targeting more Chinese banks that do business with North Korea – with or without Beijing’s cooperation.”

NOTE: Chairman Royce authored H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, and H.R. 3364, the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, enacted August 2, 2017.