U.S. House passes resolution against N. Korea for its rocket launch
Published : 2013-01-03 09:00
Updated : 2013-01-03 09:00
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan resolution condemning North Korea's latest rocket launch, but the Senate has yet to work on it, a congressional source said Wednesday.
The House passed the resolution by voice vote without any objection on Tuesday, added the source.
The non-binding resolution characterizes the North's long-range rocket launch on Dec. 12 as a "flagrant violation of specified U.N. Security Council resolutions."
North Korea is already under U.N. sanctions that prohibit the communist nation from carrying out any launch using ballistic missile technology.
The House resolution urges China and other U.N. member states, to "immediately impose sanctions covered by such resolutions and censure North Korea."
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), the outgoing leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hailed the passage of the resolution.
The bill not only seeks to further the U.S. national security interests but to promote the rights of those oppressed abroad, she said.
The new resolution against North Korea is a concurrent measure that requires approval from both the House and Senate. (Yonhap News)