Heritage expert Bruce Klingner is in high demand for his expertise on North Korea.

He testified last month before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, making the case for implementing sanctions against North Korea in response to their provocations (link in PDF).

He appeared on CNN’s Situation Room discussing North Korea’s recent missile launch. Klingner also 

And he’s considered a top advisor by South Korea’s leadership. He was in Seoul recently to work with Chung Doo-un, chairman of the National Defense Committee on how to best deal with North Korea’s missile launches.

Chairman National Defense Committee Chung Doo-un

Heritage’s Bruce Klingner, in gray suit, poses with South Korean leadership.

His recommendations for dealing with North Korea? Stronger sanctions. As he wrote in a recent Daily Signal piece:

In parallel with U.N. Security Council debate, the U.S. Congress is finalizing legislation to impose tougher unilateral measures. The North Korean Sanctions Enforcement Act would expand U.S. authorities for targeted financial measures, impose penalties on secondary violators such as Chinese entities, and make enforcement of some provisions of U.S. law mandatory rather than discretionary.

The congressional action is spurred in part by lawmakers’ frustration over the Obama administration’s timid incrementalism of repeatedly hitting the snooze bar on enforcing U.S. laws and imposing more sanctions on North Korea.

Contrary to President Barack Obama’s assertion that North Korea is the “the most isolated, the most sanctioned, the most cut-off nation on Earth,” there is much more the United States can do to pressure North Korea, as I recommended in my recent congressional testimony.

What do you think? Should Congress place stronger sanctions on North Korea?

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