The House on Monday passed a bill by voice vote to enhance U.S. sanctions against North Korea for its nuclear proliferation program.

The measure would prevent sanctioned North Korean officials from entering the U.S. or its financial system. It would also block any assets with connections to North Korea's proliferation activities or human rights violations.

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"By shutting down North Korea’s illicit activities, we deprive the Kim regime of the money he needs to pay his generals and to conduct nuclear weapons research," said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceCalifornia was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success Top donor allegedly sold access to key politicians for millions in foreign cash: report Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year MORE (R-Calif.). 

"North Korea is undoubtedly one of the most significant security threats that we here face and our allies face," Royce added.

Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyLawmakers, whistleblower advocates push Biden to fill federal employment board The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump teases on 2024 run Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Va.) said the U.S. should send a message that it will not tolerate North Korea's repeated decisions to ignore international condemnations.

"The U.S. will not and cannot allow an authoritarian regime to operate with impunity and threaten our national security and that of our allies," Connolly said.