Further, this concurrent resolution calls on North Korea to take concrete steps to build goodwill that is conducive to peace on the Korean Peninsula.
What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 40?
Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 40
In-Depth: After the end of the Korean War in 1953, the communist Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) has been divided from the democratic Republic of Korea (South Korea) by the 38th parallel -- which separated millions of Koreans from their families. Since the end of the war, no exchanges of letters, telephone calls, or emails have been allowed between North and South Koreans.
North Korea and South Korea have established a reunion program where the divided families meet for a few hours on the border between the two countries. However, the frequency of the reunions has been subject to the political and militaristic tensions between the neighboring nations, and have been stopped and restarted several times since their creation.
In 2007 the Congressional Research Service estimated that there are between 104,000 and 500,000 Korean Americans with immediate North Korean family members. It also stated that only 80 Korean Americans have been able to meet their North Korean family members through the reunion program that South Korea and North Korea have facilitated. The number of reunions involving Korean-Americans has grown into the hundreds, but time is of the essence as the populations on both sides of the divide age.
- Sponsoring Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) Press Release
- BBC News
- New York Times
- Voice of America
- Korea Society (Context - Film)
- Wikipedia (Context)
Encouraging reunions of divided Korean American families.
concurrent resolution Progress
- The senate Passed December 10th, 2016Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Foreign Relations
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- The house Passed November 29th, 2016Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Foreign AffairsIntroducedApril 21st, 2015
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