Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement announcing that he will schedule a vote on North Korea sanctions on the House floor next week:

“The policy of ‘strategic patience’ towards North Korea simply allowed North Korea to charge full steam ahead in developing its nuclear weapons program. In 2016 alone, North Korea conducted two nuclear weapons tests and 26 ballistic missile flight tests. Experts estimate that in four years North Korea will have the capability of delivering a nuclear bomb to the continental United States. The time for waiting on North Korea to get its act together is over. Congress has led the effort to institute tough and far-reaching sanctions against Pyongyang. Next week, the House will continue to put the pressure on North Korea by voting on the Korean Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, which specifically targets North Korea’s shipping industry and those who employ North Korean slave labor abroad. After receiving unanimous support in the Foreign Affairs Committee, I anticipate the House of Representatives will deliver a strong and bipartisan message that North Korea and its provocations must be addressed now.”