Mr. Speaker, North Korea’s nuclear program is perhaps the greatest threat to U.S. national security, but we must never forget the horrendous plight of the North Korean people. Little Kim and his dynasty are guilty of some of the worst human rights abuses in human history.
Freedom of religion and freedom of speech do not exist in North Korea. Christians are routinely arrested, tortured, imprisoned, and executed, their families sent to prison camps for ‘‘guilt by association.’’
Reports estimate that almost 130,000 political prisoners are suffering brutal conditions in highly secret work camps around North Korea. Systematic murder, torture, rape, forced abortions, starvation, and overwork are leading to countless deaths every day, and the Kim regime is giving no signs of relenting.
Despite any nuclear agreement, we must make it clear that the United States will never waiver in its support for basic human dignity of the North Korean people.
And that is just the way it is.