Congressman Francis Rooney makes statement on North Korean aggression
Washington, D.C.- Today, Congressman Francis Rooney, Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement following a hearing about the North Korean nuclear aggression with Thae Yong-Ho, a high level North Korean defector and former diplomat.
Congressman Rooney stated, “The hostile actions and relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons by the Kim Jong-Un regime present grave threats to the United States and our allies in the Pacific. For over twenty years the United States has maintained an unsuccessful diplomatic dialogue with the regime which has failed to deter them.
“Accordingly, we need to consider new ways to deal with North Korea. China has a dominant position and role to play if these conflicts are to be resolved peacefully. Russia shares this privileged geography and could help stop North Korea if it desires to weigh in. In addition to sanctioning North Korea itself, applying sanction pressure to global suppliers to the regime and interdicting trade with it are necessary. For example, we can work to cut off North Korea's extensive trade, in arms sales, commodities and services throughout Africa. Mozambique even has a street named after Kim Jong-Il. Namibia, a country which continues to be well funded by USAID, is trading with our adversary. Solutions such as these will de-escalate the North Korean threat.”
On October 25th, Congressman Rooney co-led the bi-partisan North Korea Ballistic Missile Investigations Act in response to a report detailing North Korea’s use of unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine (UDMH), a liquid rocket fuel mostly used by China and Russia. The objective is to find out who sold it to them, whether Iran, China or Russia. The bill, also referred to as the “Defuel Rocket Man” act, would require investigations by the Director of National Intelligence and the Secretary of State into North Korea’s procurement of rocket fuel from foreign sources and recommendations on improved implementation of the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program, which was established to combat proliferation, including foreign procurement of liquid propellant engines such as the ones used by North Korea.