North Korea is a State Sponsor of Terrorby Representative Ted Poe
Posted on 2015-01-09
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 9, 2015
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, the saga with North Korea and its band
of tyrants has gone on far too long.
On November 24th, Sony Pictures Entertainment was attacked. No its headquarters were not bombed, nor did anyone storm the buildings. This was a cyber attack.
It is believed to be the worst of its type on a company on U.S. soil. Hackers released [[Page E44]] personal data of Sony employees, disabled Sony's IT systems, and destroyed data.
Shortly after, anonymous emails threatened movie-goers hoping to see the Sony film, ``The Interview''. These threats warned about ``9/11- style'' terrorist attacks.
A little over a month later, on December 29, the FBI said North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack.
Contrary to what the President has called ``cyber vandalism'', this cyber terrorism deserves a bold, immediate response.
The world's dictators and terrorists must know without a doubt that an attack--cyber or physical--on the U.S. will result in a devastating response. This starts with the little dictator of Pyongyang, Kim Jong- Un.
It needs to immediately put North Korea back on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. Representative Ros-Lehtinen has a bill that puts tough sanctions on North Korea and urges the Administration to put North Korea back on the list. I am an original cosponsor of the bill.
There is no doubt that North Korea belongs on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list.
In July 2009, UAE officials discovered a North Korean ship full of weapons heading to Iran.
Iran has been on the state sponsor of terrorism list since 1984 because it provides hundreds of millions of dollars and tons of weapons to terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. So when one hears about North Korea sending weapons to Iran, it is not a typical transfer of weapons. This is about giving a recognized state sponsor of terrorism more guns to put in the hands of known and designated terrorist groups.
Five months after the UAE seizure, Thai authorities found 35 tons of North Korean weapons on a plane, also traveling to Iran and ultimately bound for delivery to foreign terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.
In April 2010, South Korean officials apprehended two North Korean military-trained agents who had orders to assassinate a defector from North Korea.
On March 26, 2010, North Korea sunk a South Korean naval vessel, killing 46 sailors.
On November 23, 2010 North Korea repeatedly bombed a small South Korean island, killing two civilians and two marines.
So far, as punishment for the cyber attack on Sony, the President sanctioned ten individuals and three organizations tied to North Korea's intelligence, arms supply, and defense research.
These sanctions are not enough. Other people or organizations not sanctioned by the U.S. can easily take over the same work.
Reinstating North Korea on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list would deepen existing sanctions and could deliver a crippling blow to the little dictator of Pyonyang.
This Administration cannot allow the United States to be bullied again and again.
The West allowed Putin into Ukraine. We have watched ISIS behead our journalists. We have seen Americans die in Israel at the hands of Hamas.
Now, we have let North Korea silence us.
To have a country on the other side of the world not just threaten but actually take away one of America's most fundamental rights is outrageous.
It is time to stop appeasing our enemies.
And that's just the way it is.