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Rep. Royce: Trump Can Negotiate on Sanctions Bill

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017 02:54 PM

A bipartisan House bill for sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea takes steps to reduce President Donald Trump's ability to change the sanctions without congressional authority, but that doesn't mean the sanctions will be set in stone and can't be changed, Rep. Ed Royce said Tuesday.

"The president can negotiate to change sanctions," the California Republican and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

"If he does so, and we have a good agreement [concerning] these three regimes . . . I and members of my committee, will be the first ones to say okay."

But Congress also can reply with a resolution of disapproval, said Royce, but meanwhile, it would be "very much welcomed" if sanctions could change the three nations' conduct.

"At this point in time, we have a great deal of experience with whether it's a reset with Russia, which did not work, whether it is outreach and concessions to North Korea," said Royce. "That has not worked. With these aggressive regimes, and their dangerous actions.

"It is clear, we do need this additional pressure added to this equation. Believe me, the sanctions are going to have very real impacts."

For example, if all hard currency going to North Korea is cut, it could shut down its increasingly aggressive actions, said Royce.

"As we did back a decade ago, we put the sanctions on North Korea, it shut down their program," said Royce. "They did not have the hard currency to go forward. We need that kind of strength and action at this point in time. We need those tools to do it. It needs to be part of the law."

Earlier on the program, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump has been vocal about continuing sanctions against the three countries, but "Congress does not have the best record on that."

Royce said the fault lies with previous administrations for lifting sanctions, including on North Korea, about a decade ago.

"We actually want to enact measures that will be tougher on North Korea," said Royce of the House vote, set for Tuesday. The Senate has already passed sanctions action on Russia by a 98-2 vote, and Royce said the House bill will be sent there for approval for sanctions on the other countries.

"We will give the administration those tools, and we believe that out of that will come the type of results that hopefully will get these countries to back off," said Royce.

"At least it will curtail the ability of these regimes to get their hands on the kind of money they need to build out intercontinental ballistic systems. With North Korea and Iran, we have pressure on that."

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