WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown joined Republican and Democratic lawmakers Wednesday in agreeing on a measure they say will tighten economic sanctions on North Korea and companies supporting the Pyongyang regime.
The bill, which likely will win approval next week by the full Senate Banking Committee, is expected to intensify international pressure on North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un to modify his program of developing nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.
In addition, the bill reflects anger on Capitol Hill at North Korea’s treatment of Otto Warmbier of Wyoming, Ohio. Warmbier died last June in at the Cincinnati Medical Center after he was subjected to harsh treatment in a North Korea prison for one and-a-half years. The bill is named after Warmbier.