WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A new level of sanctions against North Korea is moving through Congress. The House passed legislation in overwhelming fashion Tuesday to further strap Pyongyang as Kim Jong Un continues hurling threats.
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) says the administration needs to push other countries to help with North Korea.
“I think that using diplomacy efforts, sanctions, are really going to be important not only that we impose sanctions but that we enforce sanctions that we do impose,” said Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL).
Sewell says more diplomacy is needed to thwart Kim Jong Un’s nuclear program.
“The North Korean government is not necessarily a stable one and not necessarily a rational actor. So we in America and our government must be ever-vigilant,” said Sewell.
Following his latest missile test, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un stated he would carry out a nuclear strike on the United States if the U.S. attempts to oust him.
CIA Director Mike Pompeo said, “The North Korean people I'm sure are lovely people and would love to see him go.”
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) says the Chinese need to help ease the situation.
“The discipline aspect would relate not only to the approach of the United States when it comes to sanctions, but other countries as well,” said Roby.
We asked Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Trump, if the White House would notify Congress before any military action against North Korea. He responded, “We don't give our playbook away.”
The administration did not get Congressional approval before airstrikes on Syria in April.
“We have authorities vested in the Constitution of the United States to take actions if there’s an imminent threat. The president is fully aware of those,” said Gorka.
He says North Korea is relatively weak and Alabamians shouldn’t worry with Donald Trump in the Oval Office.
“What we’re seeing right now is an attempt by Pyongyang to blackmail the western community, and we just won’t let them,” said Gorka.
The sanctions package the House passed also included measures against Russia and Iran. The legislation now goes to the Senate.