WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – released the following statement today after the release of three American hostages from North Korea:
“I’m thrilled these three Americans have been released. At the same time, we can’t forget the gross human rights abuses the Kim regime committed against Ohioan Otto Warmbier,” said Brown. “North Korea must dismantle its nuclear weapons program, and put an end to its serial human rights abuses. The tough sanctions we passed last summer helped bring North Korea to the table, and we must continue to keep the pressure on North Korea to achieve our goal of North Korea’s verifiable denuclearization.”
Brown helped lead the North Korea sanctions negotiations and bill passage as part of his role as ranking member of the Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over economic and financial sanctions. Last fall, Brown brokered an agreement on bipartisan legislation to strengthen and expand current U.S. sanctions on North Korea.