February 10, 2016

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Sanctions Against North Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Armed Services Committees, released the following statement after passage of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act today, 96-0: 

“Recent provocations by the North Koreans, including the ballistic missile launch and nuclear tests, violate numerous U.N. Security Council resolutions and pose a significant threat to both the United States and our allies in the region. I’m proud to join nearly all of my Senate colleagues in supporting legislation to sanction this rogue regime and give the Obama administration additional tools to confront this growing threat.”

Kaine also called for the release of Otto Frederick Warmbier, a third-year student from the University of Virginia recently arrested by the North Korean government, stating that “we must prioritize and ensure the safe return of our citizens” that are detained by the North Korean regime.