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'You can't stand still' by Elizabeth Held for The Orange County Register

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July 17, 2013, July 17, 2013 | comments
For Royce, the reasons to pass the legislation are two-fold. First, he said, he has met with North Korean defectors. One young man he met was born in a North Korean prison camp
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Sam Kim of Fullerton stood in front of the U.S. Capitol with tears in his eyes Wednesday afternoon as he translated the story of Hwasil Kim and her defection from North Korea in 1999. Hwasil Kim, who is no relation to Sam, stood next to him.

She explained how after her husband died, she left her two children, ages 9 and 11, at home in North Korea to go to China to get food for them. She told them she'd be gone for three days. But her life took a darker turn; she was twice sold into sex slavery, she recounted. In April 2005 she managed to escape to South Korea and she now lives in Seoul. She doesn't know where her children are.

The Korean Church Coalition for North Korea Freedom is calling on Congress to pass the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act, H.R. 1771, sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Fullerton. The bill would make sanctions on North Korea as strict as those applied to Iran, particularly financial sanctions. Specifically, it would make it more difficult for the North Korean regime to bring foreign currency into the country. The bill has 105 sponsors, including Reps. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, and Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach.

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