Tuesday, December 25, 2012

US, stronger sanctions against North Korea

In the wake of North Korea's rocket launch, U.S. Congress has passed a defense law modified for next year calling for tougher measures such as the possible construction of a new missile defense base and defense capability assessments. The U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a bill condemning North Korea for its recent rocket launch. The National Defense Authorization Act contains a raft of policy and funding packages including budgets for military activities, related construction and research and development programs. The measure defines Pyongyang's rocket launch as a clear violation of UN resolutions. It also calls on China to actively pressure North Korea and to get behind sanctions against the regime. The bill also states North Korea and Iran cooperated extensively since the 1980s to develop long-range missiles.

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