Sen. Menendez on North Korea's Fifth Nuclear Bomb Test

Sen. Menendez on North Korea's Fifth Nuclear Bomb Test

NEWARK, N.J. -- U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in reaction to reports that North Korea conducted its fifth and biggest nuclear test yesterday. 

"I am deeply perturbed and outraged as North Korea has taken yet another provocative and potentially destabilizing act. Pyongyang continues to pose a threat to regional and international security, yet again threatening the United States and our allies. As North Korea seeks to continue to build its arsenal of conventional and nuclear weapons, collaborates and shares weapons technology with other state sponsors of terrorism, and continues to abuse the human rights of its own people, we must respond swiftly and meaningfully. I also call on China and other countries in the region to hold North Korea accountable to international norms. 

"In response to Kim Jung Un's continued flagrant violations of international law, I introduced legislation with my Senate colleagues tightening sanctions against North Korean and mandating the President impose sanctions against any North Korean individual to be found engaging in nefarious and destabilizing activity, as well as violating basic human rights. This legislation was nearly universally supported and showed the North Koreans that the United States will not stand by as it continues to threaten our interests and our allies. We must act quickly to enforce these new provisions, and President Obama must make clear that the United States will take decisive steps against these kinds of actions from Pyongyang."

Menendez's North Korea Sanctions Enhancement Act was signed into law on February 18, 2016. This bipartisan legislation strengthened and expanded financial and discretionary sanctions against the Kim regime and those who might wish to assist them after North Korea conducted its 4th nuclear test on January 6th, 2016.