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house Bill H.R. 479

Should the State Dept. Consider Putting North Korea Back On the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism?

Argument in favor

North Korea has pushed ahead with its nuclear weapons program, behaves in a belligerent manner towards its neighbors, and has supported terror groups like Hezbollah. The rogue state should be put back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism and face related sanctions.

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04/02/2017
While you're at it, add Russia to the list as well!
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Tafinzer's Opinion
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04/02/2017
Vote Yea! They never should have been removed.
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drjoen's Opinion
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04/02/2017
If the evidence backs North Korea aiding and abetting established Terror groups by all means do so. If their nuclear program is a threat to the United States and its allies by all means do so with condemnations and sanctions. These are two distinct issues, and may require actions for each. Stand strong, but clear
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Argument opposed

North Korea may be reckless in pursuing a nuclear weapons program and its interactions with neighboring countries, but that doesn’t mean they should be considered a state sponsor of terror. The country was removed from the list as a reward for vowing to stop its nuclear program.

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04/02/2017
Sadly, I cannot support any actions by the GOP or this administration when there appears corruption to an alarming degree at the top. The President has been under FBI investigation for close to a year and the GOP continues to circle the wagons. The WH lies to us multiple times per day, what is believable?
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04/02/2017
Once you put Russia on that list, you can add North Korea.
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KimT's Opinion
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04/02/2017
Being run by a crazy dictator does not make them terrorists. This is dangerous. I feel like the Trump administration is just trying to get us closer to war.
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What is House Bill H.R. 479?

This bill would start the process of re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism after the country had been removed from the list in 2008 because of promises it made to stop its nuclear weapons program. It notes that North Korea has provided weapons to terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and has harbored members of the Japanese Red Army following attacks they’ve carried out. The bill would call on the Secretary of State to provide Congress with a report that evaluates whether North Korea should be added to the list of state sponsors of terrorism within 90 days of its enactment.

Currently, the State Department lists three countries as state sponsors of terrorism, all of which have been on the list for more than two decades: Iran (1984), Sudan (1993), and Syria (1979). The sanctions imposed as a result of this designation fall into four major categories:

  • Restrictions on U.S. foreign aid to the country;

  • A ban on defense exports and sales;

  • Controls placed on the export of items that can be used for civilian or military purposes;

  • Miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

Impact

The government of North Korea; and the State Department.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 479

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced this bill to punish North Korea for its belligerent behavior towards South Korea and Japan, in addition to its aiding terror groups, by starting the process of adding the country back onto the list of state sponsors of terrorism. In the context of North Korea’s ongoing ballistic missile tests, Poe said inaction could embolden the rogue state into taking even more aggressive actions against its neighbors and the U.S.:

“North Korea has even bigger plans. Kim Jong-un reportedly plans to develop submarines from which to launch the missiles, which could threaten the United States. The last administration pursued an ignorant strategy called strategic patience. That policy clearly failed. North Korea’s program is now stronger than ever. Kim Jong-un’s threats continue to grow bolder and bolder with no repercussions.
Once upon a time, the United States had North Korea on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. It is time to put little Kim back on that list because he is a world terrorist and a threat to world peace, and he has earned that distinction.”

This legislation has the support of six cosponsors in the House, including five Republicans and one Democrat.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Roman Harak via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017

Official Title

To require a report on the designation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed April 3rd, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 394 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation
      Oversight and Investigations
    IntroducedJanuary 12th, 2017

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    While you're at it, add Russia to the list as well!
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    Sadly, I cannot support any actions by the GOP or this administration when there appears corruption to an alarming degree at the top. The President has been under FBI investigation for close to a year and the GOP continues to circle the wagons. The WH lies to us multiple times per day, what is believable?
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    Once you put Russia on that list, you can add North Korea.
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    Being run by a crazy dictator does not make them terrorists. This is dangerous. I feel like the Trump administration is just trying to get us closer to war.
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    Vote Yea! They never should have been removed.
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    If the evidence backs North Korea aiding and abetting established Terror groups by all means do so. If their nuclear program is a threat to the United States and its allies by all means do so with condemnations and sanctions. These are two distinct issues, and may require actions for each. Stand strong, but clear
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    I do not trust this administration. This action requires thorough analysis by professionals who understand diplomacy.
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    Russia first!
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    I lived in South Korea and from what I picked up North Korea is like a spoiled child. They really pose no threat, and truthfully their government is near collapse. If they attack any nation whatsoever the whole world is pose to strike on them. They have no strength, no resources to attack the US or any nation of that matter. China has stopped backing North Korea, so there isn't much defense for that. All in all North Korea is nothing compared to isis, Russia, or whatever terroristic country, it is a child.
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    As we sit back to ponder this question on North Korea, how in the he#* did our government overlook a lying, warmongering dictatorship as benign. Who would ever believe, our benevolent Clintons would give China software for ballistic missiles or nuclear reactors to that tiny little communist country north of the 38 parallel whose poor needed electricity for those cold winter nights. Now we have (almost) ICBMs flying over the Sea of Japan and atomic bomb development. So why couldn't our State Department see this coming. Answer: liberal progressivism. Now we have China claiming atolls in the north and south China Seas, Japan talking militarism and South Korea is beefing up its border with North Korea. So yes, add fat Kim to the terrorism list. However, kinda late to the game, but I hear that the Trumptrain is non-stop. Let us also not forget pastors spreading love instead of hate or college students imprisoned for removing a memento. Guess they will have scars or remembrance of their visit.
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    This should be a no-brainer for every single member of our government! North Korea should stay on that list until that evil maniac in power is removed through either natural (death) or political (coup) means or by force (assassination)!
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    The "war on terror" is just propaganda. Go read 1984 and you'll understand.
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    Sometimes i think this administration is trying to antagonize North Korea so they will declare war on us and be able to (a) justify this budget & (b) have some sort of chance of Trump not looking like a horrible president because people tend to oversimplify and unite in times of war....and really the only way he is going to deliver on the unity promise is if he creates a common enemy....to do that, though, he has to push someone to declare war on us. So - I don't trust it.
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    Russia first!
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    If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that North Korea has no desire to play nice with the rest of the world and that Kim Jong Un is willing to export WMDs to kill what he perceives as threats to his reign. I have no taste for war, but this country is a dystopian state. It's too bad that our President has a very similar ego to North Korea's leader.
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    Congress should be much more concerned about Russia's actions against the United States first.
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    The idiocy of the globalist elite has to be how they got off the list in the first place. Until this country starts treating its people with respect and allows them access to the world information they should remain a sponsor of terrorism!
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    North Korea was removed from the list because they promised to end their nuclear program. They are not ending their nuclear program so they should be back on the list.
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    I don't trust anything this administration does. You can add them when you add Russia.
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    The mouth piece of China. I hated when Bill Clinton got us in bed with China. N. Korea is just an out picturing of China one atrocity linking with the other. A true dictator that's insane in the membrane. Just why do we tolerate or even allow his two suspicious satellites that violates law? It makes me cringe to think what's inside his piñata. Vaporize them send him a clear message his violations will not be tolerated. I really don't know how our President has the courageous ability to face each new day. Everyday we at Countable that do the research can see the infiltration, witnessing branches of government being put back where they belong, it's a messy house our most prized possession stolen being returned, restored and placed back on the mantel so all can view the CONSTITUTION.The snakes still slither about doing the dark prince deeds to keep the shackles tight. Every day I make my call to God rebuking and asking that they be bound up. If I'm a nutter then answer this. why do we have black witches casting spells every new moon. Personality's blatantly calling out the death of our U.S. President. The dressed in black protesters hiding their face destroying property, doing bodily harm. If one accepts this programming as normal then I'd rather be the nutter and not the norm.
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