WASHINGTON, District of Columbia– Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) led a congressional effort urging President Trump to address North Korea’s vast human and religious rights violations when the Administration conducts future nuclear negotiations with North Korea.
“The Administration has a unique opportunity to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves,” Hartzler said. “The treatment of prisoners and detainees in North Korea’s prison camps has been nothing short of heinous. The return of the late Otto Warmbier last June, who entered captivity in good health but was freed in such a poor state that he tragically succumbed to his injuries, serves as a sober reminder of how close-to-home this issue truly is. As a free nation that values life and religious freedom, America cannot stand by while the Kim regime continues to commit atrocious crimes against humanity.”
Hartzler was joined by 36 other Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Trump about the issue prior to the scheduled June 12 summit with North Korea in Singapore. The letter cites eye witness accounts of rape, torture, and executions that occur in North Korea’s prison camps, including a newborn baby being fed to guard dogs.
“For generations the people of North Korea have been victims of atrocious and inhumane acts committed by the Kim family,” she added. “Any negotiations with North Korea must include the dismantlement of these horrific prison camps. We must do everything in our power to alleviate the suffering occurring within North Korea’s borders.”
Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a senior member on the House Armed Services Committee.