Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement after passage of the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act (H.R. 3898):
“These are the most far-reaching sanctions Congress will have ever imposed on North Korea. By enacting secondary sanctions to cut off Pyongyang’s ability to finance its weapons program, Congress is sending a clear message to everyone who supports the Kim regime. Those who do business with North Korea support a brutal dictatorship that tortured and murdered Otto Warmbier—not because he committed a crime or threatened the North Korean government in any way, but because he was an American. If you support a regime that indiscriminately murders Americans, there will be hard consequences.
“Renaming this legislation the Otto Warmbier North Korea Nuclear Sanctions Act won’t bring him back. But it will remind the world that there is nothing to be gained and everything to lose by working with such an evil regime.”
The Warmbier family released the following statement on this sanctions legislation:
“The Warmbier family is extremely grateful that the United States House of Representatives has named its latest bill imposing sanctions on North Korea in honor of our son, Otto Warmbier. Kim and his regime, tortured and brutalized Otto, causing his untimely and tragic death. North Korea must be held accountable for its actions in support of terrorism, and it should be sanctioned and added to the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.”