On Thursday, the United States House of Representatives approved legislation to tighten the sanctions are placed on North Korea.
This is all in effort to target North Korea’s shipping industry as well as any companies that do business with North Korea.
The vote approving this movement was an overwhelming majority, at 419 to 1.
This new legislative move will send a strong message over to North Korea and hopefully make them rethink their trigger happy regime. There has been a lot of international concern regarding their advancement of their nuclear program.
Senate will also have to approve this measure before it is finalized. After that, it will get sent to the White House, so that President Donald Trump can finally sign in into action and turn this piece of legislation into a law.
This move will most likely also affect China, as it is North Korea’s only major supporter as well as its most important trade partner.
While China has been angered by North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests, it has signed up for increasingly tough U.N. sanctions against it, and says it is committed to enforcing them. Asked about the latest U.S. legislation, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated that China opposed other countries using their own domestic law to impose unilateral sanctions.
With the situation tense on the Korean Peninsula, all sides need to exercise restraint and not irritate each other to avoid the situation worsening, he said. Supporters said the legislation was intended to send a strong message to North Korea, amid international concern over the escalation of its nuclear program.
The measure would have to be approved by the Senate before it could be sent to the White House for President Donald Trump to sign into law. Although legislation addressing North Korea has been introduced in the Senate, there was no immediate word on when or if the Senate might take up a bill.