Washington, D.C. - In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) hosted a press conference today on the North Korean sanctions they authored that are included in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Senators Toomey and Van Hollen were joined by Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), and Fred and Cindy Warmbier, whose son Otto died after being imprisoned in North Korea for over a year and for whom the legislation is named.

Senator Toomey said:

"This was a fight of over two years to get to this point. It's all about holding the appalling regime in North Korea accountable for the nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that they have been developing that are a real threat to Americans and to American allies. And to hold this regime accountable for the horrendous and appalling human rights violations - especially what happened to Otto Warmbier. I appreciate the tremendous support from Senator Van Hollen, and our partnership with Senators Portman and Brown, to get this measure across the finish line on behalf of the Warmbier family."

You can watch the full press conference here.

The Otto Warmbier Banking Restrictions Involving North Korea (BRINK) Act offers foreign banks a stark choice: continue business with North Korea or maintain access to the U.S. financial system. It would impose mandatory sanctions on the foreign banks and companies that facilitate illicit financial transactions for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). You can read more about this measure here.

(Left to right: Senator Toomey, Senator Brown, Cindy Warmbier, Fred Warmbier, Senator Portman, Senator Van Hollen)

(Left to right: Senator Toomey, Senator Van Hollen, Senator Portman, Cindy Warmbier, Fred Warmbier)

(Left to right: Senator Brown, Senator Toomey, Senator Van Hollen, Senator Portman, Cindy Warmbier, Fred Warmbier)

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