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US lawmakers seek tighter N.Korea sanctions over rights

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce on June 12, 2013 in Washington, DCA senior US lawmaker vowed Wednesday to seek stiffer sanctions against North Korea due to human rights concerns after a stinging UN report likened the regime’s abuses to the Holocaust. Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told a hearing that he would seek to enact a bill that would broaden already sweeping sanctions by punishing foreign governments that assist Kim Jong-Un’s regime. The bill, which enjoys more than 130 co-sponsors in the 435-member House of Representatives, “targets the regime where it is most vulnerable — in the pocketbook,” Royce said. “It will prevent Kim Jong-Un from accessing, having the ability to use, that hard currency that he needs in order to pay his generals,” Royce said.

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