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This briefing book contains legislation, including congressional authorization and appropriation bills, on matters relevant to North Korea. For the most recent updates on the status of legislation, please see http://thomas.loc.gov.

Encouraging Reunions of Divided Korean American Families

H. Con. Res. 91, sponsored by Representative Charles Rangel, encouraging North Korea to allow Korean Americans to meet with their divided families in North Korea. Introduced in the House on March 6, 2014.

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2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act - Provisions Relevant to North Korea

H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, was signed into law on January 17, 2014. The law allocates funds for establishing a database of prisons and gulags in North Korea, for supporting broadcasts into North Korea, and for assistance for refugees from North Korea. It also includes a routine provision prohibiting Defense Department funding from being expended for financial assistance to the government of North Korea, or for State Department funding from being expended to financially assist the governments of Cuba, North Korea, Iran, or Syria.

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North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2013

H.R. 1771, introduced in the House by Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), expands U.S. financial sanctions on North Korea.

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North Korea Sanctions and Diplomatic Nonrecognition Act of 2013

A bill, introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, calling for the re-listing of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, and prohibiting diplomatic recognition of North Korea or loosening sanctions unless the President can verify, inter alia, that North Korea has dismantled its nuclear program, has ended its illicit international activities, and has opened its prison camps to unrestricted international inspection.

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Royce Resolution on North Korea's Third Nuclear Test

H. Res. 65, introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, condemns North Korea's third nuclear test and calls for new US and UN sanctions and financial measures in response to North Korea's provocations and illicit activities. It was passed in the House on a 412-2 vote on February 15, 2013.

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North Korea Nonproliferation and Accountability Act of 2013

Senate bill introduced shortly after North Korea's February 2013 nuclear test, providing a Sense of Congress on issues related to nonproliferation, sanctions, and human rights issues, and requiring the State Department to lead a review of the U.S. government's North Korea policy. The bill was approved by the Senate on February 25, but has since stalled in the House.

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2013 Farm Bill provisions on North Korea

S. 10, the Farm Bill introduced in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, retained language from the Farm Bill passed by the Senate in the previous Congress prohibited food aid to North Korea unless the President submits a waiver certifying that it is in the national interest.

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North Korean Child Welfare Act

H.R. 1464, the North Korean Child Welfare Act, was signed into law by President Obama on January 14, 2013. The Act is an amended version of the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act of 2011, sponsored by Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA). The Act would require the State Department to periodically brief Congress on efforts to advocate for North Korean children living in other countries who are fleeing persecution or stateless. A previous version of the act is available at http://www.ncnk.org/resources/publications/NK_Refugee_Adoption_Act.pdf/

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FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act

Provisions of S. 3241, the Senate version of the fiscal year 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, relevant to North Korea. In addition to standard language restricting U.S. aid to North Korea, this bill would call for the State Department to maintain a database of information on North Korean prisons and political prisons, and would allocate about $9 million for broadcasting into North Korea.

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North Korean Human Rights Act 2012 Reauthorization

Legislation passed by the House of Representatives on May 15, 2012 to reauthorize the 2004 North Korean Human Rights Act, with some annotated changes. The Senate passed the bill without amendment by voice vote on August 2, 2012.

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FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

The House version of this proposed legislation includes an amendment which would require the Obama administration to report on the feasibility of deploying tactical nuclear weapons and additional troops to the Western Pacific region, as a response to North Korea's nuclear and missile developments.

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H. Con. Res. 109: Sense of Congress on North Korean Refugees

On March 20, 2012, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced a resolution expressing the Sense of Congress that the government of China should stop the forced repatriation of North Korean refugees, and allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees access to all North Korean refugees residing in China.

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FY 2012 H.R. 1540 National Defense Authorization Act

H.R. 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, passed through Conference Committee on December 12, and was signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011. This Issue Brief includes all language relevant to the DPRK. For previous versions and the legislative history of this bill, see http://thomas.loc.gov For future versions and the status of this bill, see http://thomas.loc.gov

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FY 2012 Appropriations Minibus

This document covers language relevant to North Korea policy in House Report 112-284, to accompany H.R. 2112. The Bill language below can be accessed in the Conference Report here. The Report Language can be found in the Congressional Record for November 14, 2011, H7481-7482. As of November 16, 2011, the bill has passed through both houses of Congress and is awaiting the President's signature. Updates on the legislation can be found at http://thomas.loc.gov.

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H. Res. 376: Repatriation of Korean War POW/MIAs abductees

This resolution, introduced by Rep. Charles Rangel on July 27, 2011, calls upon the U.S. government to resume search and recovery operations. The resolution was passed by the House by voice vote on December 13, 2011.

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HR 1321 North Korea Sanctions and Diplomatic Nonrecognition Act of 2011

This bill, introduced on April 1, 2011 by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen and 8 co-sponsors, calls on the Secretary of State to re-designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism follows, and calls for the continuation of diplomatic non-recognition until 12 listed conditions are met. Additionally, the bill calls for the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations to seek a strong UN response to any North Korean "launch of a missile, rocket or other airborne object."

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FY 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Act

This document lists references to North Korea in the FY 2011 Consolidated Appropriations Act, a substitute amendment to the House passed Continuing Resolution (H.R. 3082). The legislation was introduced on December 14, 2010. For an update on the status of this legislation, please see http://thomas.loc.gov.

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FY 2010 Defense Authorization Act [PL 111-084] CR 111-288

This document lists the mentions of North Korea in the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (PL 111-084, became law on October 28, 2009) and Conference Report 111-288 to accompany H.R. 2647, published on October 7, 2009.

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FY 2009 Budget Request

Although details on the new fiscal year budget request are incomplete, the Department of Energy posted its full budget justification, including several references to continuing work with the DPRK on disablement, dismantlement and verification of nuclear programs in North Korea. The State Department has also posted budget request highlights.

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Omnibus Appropriations Act and Defense Authorization Act, 2008

This document lists the mentions of the DPRK in the FY 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Act and the 2008 Defense Authorization Act.

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