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Rep. Royce: Taking Money from Pakistan a Must to Get Point Across

Rep. Royce: Taking Money from Pakistan a Must to Get Point Across
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By    |   Friday, 05 January 2018 02:55 PM

Taking $255 million away from Pakistan over its continued inaction on terrorists and militants on its soil was an important step the United States needed to make to get its point across, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, said Friday.

"What they've been doing in our view is allowing the feeding of alligators with the hopes the alligators eat them last," the California Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program.

"Despite our efforts to shut down schools that teach jihad basically in our view, they teach clerics who then leave those institutions and carry out attacks."

Despite the United States' efforts to crack down on terrorist networks, there is still that problem, Royce added, and $255 million is a lot of money in the way of resources.

"It we cut off those resources to make this point we might get more cooperation," Royce said. "However, at the same time — this is why we have to look at this carefully — we have certain interests in Afghanistan and as a consequence we use Pakistan basically as a transit point, and they give us some assistance there.

"So, this is a delicate situation, but we're trying to apply pressure and we will be looking at this in the Congress."

Royce also discussed the upcoming meeting planned between leaders in North and South Korea next week, and President Donald Trump's tweet doubting that anyone would believe the meetings would be going on if he "wasn't firm and strong" on North Korea.

"I think it's very important we keep the pressure up," said Royce. "If the talks are going on during the Olympic Games in February, maybe that quiets the neighborhood there for a bit."

However, he said he is concerned that South Korea could give away resources or money to North Korea during the talks.

"That money always finds its way back into their nuclear weapons program," said Royce. "Virtually 100 percent of whatever gets into the hands of Kim Jong Un is deployed for his military or his ICBM and nuclear weapon program. That's why we have to be so careful in not allowing resources to be transferred to that regime."

Royce also commented on the United States' response to protests in Iran, with the United States and Russia were set to square off at the United Nations Security council, after the United States called for an emergency session.

"It is significant because now we're moving against any Iranian company or business that is involved in any way with respect to production of ICBM technology," said Royce.

"One of our great concerns at the end of that nuclear deal that the Obama administration cut was that $100 billion that had been frozen went into the coffers of the Iranians. What they've spent it on basically is military build-up and military engagement. Part of that is ICBMS."

The United States, through legislation Royce pushed to pass the House, says that if Iran is using the money to build its military, "we're going to sanction any business, company, entity, bank, that in any way helps build up that ICBM system through working through their Republic Guard corps. That's where we're going with our current sanctions."

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Taking $255 million away from Pakistan over its continued inaction on terrorists and militants on its soil was an important step the United States needed to make to get its point across, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, said Friday.
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