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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 1644, the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act:

“Strategic patience—the long-practiced policy towards North Korea—has allowed the Kim regime to vastly improve its nuclear and missile programs, and it’s only a matter of time until it gains the ability to reliably strike even the United States. Stopping this from happening isn’t a choice; it’s a necessity for our national security and the peace of the world. As the Administration continues to pursue strategies to stop the North Korean threat, the House will do its job to assist in weakening the Kim regime. This sanctions bill cuts off North Korean access to international ports, authorizes sanctions on companies and financial institutions that do business with the Kim regime, and those who take advantage of North Korean slave labor abroad. Our vote today demonstrates that America will use every tool at our disposal to end the threat North Korea is posing. We must increase the pressure on the Kim regime and use all points of leverage to achieve lasting stability and peace.”