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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur’s Statement on North Korea Sanctions

May 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congress MacArthur released the following statement after Congress voted to increase sanctions on North Korea:

This is personal for me.  My wife, Debbie, and I adopted two of our three children from South Korea.  I’ve often talked to my children about what their life would have been like if they were born in Pyongyang and not Seoul. They would have lived in a closed society ruled by a madman who starves and enslaves his own people, and threatens peace throughout the region. 

Our policy of “strategic patience” towards North Korea has been inadequate. It has allowed the country to continue abusing human rights and develop its nuclear weapons program.  It is time for Congress to take real action against this evil regime.  The Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act will specifically target North Korea’s shipping industry and those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad. It’s crucial that America stands strong against this rogue state and protects the people and our interests in the region.