Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the below statement on today’s executive order regarding North Korea:

“Finally, we are beginning to apply maximum pressure on Kim Jong Un.  This executive order to further tighten sanctions on North Korean shipping and trade, along with Beijing’s reported decision to comply with existing measures, is important progress.  As I’ve said time and again, international banks should have to make a choice between doing business with North Korea or the United States. 

“I applaud the president for acting consistently with my legislation to cut off the cash that funds North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.  Tough enforcement, and additional pressure, will now be critical.”

NOTE: Chairman Royce is the author of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (H.R. 3364) and the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (H.R. 757), the most sweeping sanctions legislation against North Korea.