Rep. Cook Votes For Legislation Targeting North Korea
WASHINGTON- Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) today voted for H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly.
H.R. 479 requires the Secretary of State to determine whether the government of North Korea meets the criteria of a state sponsor of terrorism. It requires the Secretary to issue a report within 90 days of enactment.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea aka North Korea was designated as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1988 because of its alleged involvement in the 1983 Rangoon bombing and the 1987 bombing of a South Korean airliner.
On October 11, 2008, the United States removed North Korea from its list of states that sponsor terrorism after the government agreed to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Since then, North Korea has failed to live up to its commitments, has materially supported terrorist attacks by Hezbollah, is responsible for cyber-attacks against nuclear facilities in South Korea and the attack on Sony Pictures, and allegedly is responsible for the poisoning and killing of Kim Jong-nam.
Rep. Cook said, “For too long, North Korea has been thumbing its nose at sanctions and has gone unpunished for its support for international terrorism. This has only encouraged it to continue and expand its campaign of assassination and terror abroad. This important bill sets the stage to restore North Korea’s well-deserved place on the list of official state sponsors of terror.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.