Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS


Jan 29, 2016
Press Release
January 28, 2015

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, a Senior Member of the House Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement regarding reports that North Korea is planning another rocket launch:

"Apparently North Korea is planning another rocket launch. This apparent test by North Korea reminds the world precisely why the United States and its international partners must take a firm line against any attempts by radical regimes to pursue nuclear weapons.  While the enslaved people of North Korea starve behind a wall of fear and oppression, Kim Jong Un and his inner circle continue to use the pursuit of even more dangerous nuclear weapons technology to threaten our allies in South Korea and Japan in the hopes of legitimizing their brutal rule and blackmailing the United States and our partners into easing sanctions.  They will not succeed.

"I agree with those who are calling for more pressure on Pyongyang, and I would strongly encourage the U.N. Security Council to impose additional sanctions against North Korea and those with whom it does business.  I also stand strongly with our treaty allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of this provocation.  In the wake of this apparent test, the international community, led by the United States and joined by China, ought to exert additional pressure on North Korea's leaders to demonstrate the united determination of the rest of the world not to allow such nuclear threats to continue.  I will be monitoring this situation very closely as developments occur.

“I am pleased that the Senate is one step closer to helping put bipartisan legislation strengthening North Korea sanctions on President Obama’s desk.  Kim Jong Un is relentlessly pursuing a nuclear arsenal at the expense of his own people, who are starved, tortured and abused, and at the expense of peace and security in Northeast Asia.  Now is not the time to stand by while this regime works to build an arsenal capable of hitting the United States.  We must cut off Kim Jong Un’s access to the money he needs to fund his nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.”