Via the offices of U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL):
Ros-Lehtinen, Diaz-Balart Lead Letter to Ambassador Power Urging U.S. Mission at U.N. to Press Security Council to Place Cuban Regime Officials Connected to Chong Chon Gang Incident On Sanctions Violators List
Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart led a letter to U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power. The letter asks that Power submit for designation the names of Cuban military officials who were involved in the Chong Chon Gang incident, where a North Korean ship was found to have been carrying Cuban-origin weapons from a Cuban port destined for North Korea, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions 1718, 1874, and 2094. Ros-Lehtinen and Díaz-Balart were joined by Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), and Sean Duffy (R-WI).
Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:
“Now that the Panel of Experts has confirmed that the Cuban regime assisted North Korea in violating the terms of several U.N. Security Council resolutions, we must take immediate action against the individuals who participated in the Chong Chon Gang incident. Leaving this sort of flagrant violation of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions unanswered raises serious questions about the international community’s ability to police itself when rogue regimes flout the rules.
“Ambassador Power must do everything possible to submit names of those Cuban regime and military officials involved in the Chong Chon Gang incident as U.N. sanctions violators. While it is no surprise that the tyrannical Castro regime continues to ignore U.N. resolutions, to give Havana a free pass would send a dangerous signal to other countries. When an individual or entity assists the North Korean regime in an effort to circumvent multiple U.N. resolutions, we must ensure they are held to account for putting our collective safety in jeopardy.”