02.10.16

Senator David Perdue Amendment Seeks to Expose Nuclear Cooperation Between North Korea & Iran

“The sooner we acknowledge this illicit cooperation, the sooner we can work to put it to a halt.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is urging the Senate to adopt an amendment he introduced to the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act, which requires the Obama Administration to report to Congress regarding Iran’s cooperation with North Korea on nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development and disclose known linkages between the two rogue states’ illicit programs.

“It’s undeniable that Iran and North Korea have been cooperating on nuclear weapon and ballistic missile development for years now,” said Senator Perdue. “Iranians have reportedly been present for at least three of North Korea’s nuclear tests. This amendment forces the Obama Administration to disclose to Congress what it knows about this cooperation between rogue nations, instead of denying the linkages. The sooner we acknowledge this illicit cooperation, the sooner we can work to put it to a halt.” 

After North Korea tested a hydrogen bomb last month, Senator Perdue called on President Obama to take action to stop Iran and North Korea from supporting each other’s nuclear weapons efforts aimed at harming Americans and our allies. A provision similar to Senator Perdue’s amendment was included in the House-passed version of the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act (H.R. 757, Sec 210) but was not included in the Senate bill. 

The Senate is expected to vote today on its version of the legislation. View the full text of Senator Perdue’s amendment here.