H.Res.554 - To condemn North Korea's missile launch over Japan.105th Congress (1997-1998)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Underwood, Robert A. [D-GU-At Large] (Introduced 09/24/1998)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||09/24/1998 Referred to the House Committee on International Relations.|
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[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 554 Introduced in House (IH)] 105th CONGRESS 2d Session H. RES. 554 To condemn North Korea's missile launch over Japan. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 24, 1998 Mr. Underwood (for himself and Mr. Young of Alaska) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ RESOLUTION To condemn North Korea's missile launch over Japan. Whereas on August 31, 1998, the Government of North Korea launched a 3-stage ballistic missile in and over the territorial airspace and waters of Japan; Whereas North Korea launched this missile for the purpose of launching a satellite into orbit in a reckless manner over inhabited lands of Japan, a sovereign and independent nation, without warning, provocation, or permission; Whereas the missile that was fired is a modified version of the Taepodong I, which has an estimated range of up to 6,000 kilometers; Whereas the Taepodong I missile is a medium range ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon of mass destruction; Whereas North Korea has ignored international attempts to curb the proliferation of ballistic missile technology and as a result has been earning an estimated $1,000,000,000 annually from illicit missile sales to other rogue nations such as Iran, Syria, and Libya; Whereas the success of any subsequent tests of the Taepodong I will further advance the development of North Korea's long range ballistic missile program, the Taepodong II, with a range of approximately 4,000 to 6,000 kilometers, thus placing Guam and Alaska at risk of an attack; Whereas recent defectors from North Korea have indicated that North Korea's Taepodong and Nodong missile programs are in the final stages of development; Whereas United States intelligence assets have indicated that a large new underground complex is being built near Pyongyang, contrary to the spirit of the 1994 Agreed Framework that halted development of North Korea's nuclear weapons program; Whereas the North Korean Government is willing to conduct its foreign policy in a game of brinkmanship in order to boost morale and improve its bargaining leverage in international negotiations; and Whereas the Taepodong I missile directly places all 37,000 United States troops in South Korea and 44,000 United States troops in Japan at risk: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives-- (1) condemns North Korea's Government and military for the missile launch over Japan of August 31, 1998; (2) calls on the Government of North Korea to cease all production of weapons of mass destruction and cease proliferation of ballistic missiles to other nations; and (3) calls on the Government of North Korea to abide by the 1994 Agreed Framework entered into by North Korea, the United States, Japan, and South Korea. <all>