WASHINGTON, D.C.--Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, issued the following statement on the passage of his bill, H.R. 479, the North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017. This legislation requires the Secretary of State to determine whether or not North Korea meets the criteria for a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism. It also expresses the sense of Congress that North Korea likely meets the criteria for designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. 

Chairman Poe: "North Korea spent 20 years on the State Sponsor of Terrorism list until 2008 when the United States foolishly removed the rogue nation in exchange for a promise that it certainly did not keep. Since then, North Korea has conducted illegal missile tests, murdered dissidents abroad, conducted cyber warfare and made threats to wipe out U.S. cities. This week, the Administration warned that the radical dictator, Kim Jong Un, could have a weapon capable of hitting the United States before the end of President Trump's first term. We cannot rely on the Chinese to handle this or wait any longer to address this threat head on. The House has taken the first step in doing so today, and I urge the Senate to act fast to get this bill to the President's desk."