Rep. Maloney Calls for Exhaustion of All Diplomatic Options to Stop North Korea’s Missile Tests
Following news that North Korea launched another missile over Japan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) called for increased sanctions and the urgent pursuit of all diplomatic options that could help stop North Korea’s reckless threats to the peace and stability of the region.
Maloney recently returned from a Congressional Delegation trip to the Demilitarized Zone on the border between North and South Korea. The CODEL also visited Hawaii, Japan, and China.
“This latest missile test is more evidence that North Korea has not yet been persuaded to stop making destabilizing threats, or to end its efforts to develop nuclear tipped ICBMs. The international community must work together to immediately develop a new set of severe sanctions. I was pleased that the UN Security Council imposed further sanctions earlier this week, but they clearly did not go far enough.
“I believe it is time to cut off all oil exports to North Korea. It is also critical for China and Russia to strictly enforce all international sanctions. If they do not, then we should expand our targeted efforts to sanction companies and individuals that violate UN or US restrictions. As we do this work, we must also work with our allies in the region to get North Korea to the negotiating table and do the hard, diplomatic work to reduce tensions and move towards a nuclear free Korean peninsula.”