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 RoyceThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp 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 ConnollyTrump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers Overnight Defense: Iran crisis eases as Trump says Tehran 'standing down' | Dems unconvinced on evidence behind Soleimani strike | House sets Thursday vote on Iran war powers Democrats 'utterly unpersuaded' by evidence behind Soleimani strike 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.