ACCESSION NUMBER:00000 FILE ID:95091804.POL DATE:09/18/95 TITLE:18-09-95 CONGRESSIONAL REPORT, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 TEXT: (North Korea, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Cyprus) (900) HOUSE CAUTIONS ON UPGRADING RELATIONS WITH NORTH KOREA The House of Representatives is urging President Clinton not to upgrade diplomatic relations or relax trade and investment barriers with North Korea until that country takes action to begin a dialogue with South Korea and implements the North-South Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. By voice vote September 18, the House approved H.J. Res. 83, a non-binding resolution that states the sense of Congress clarifying North Korea's nuclear nonproliferation requirements under the 1994 U.S.-North Korea Framework Agreement. The resolution is expected to be taken up in the Senate as well. It affirms conditions laid out under the nuclear accord and declares that South Korea is the only acceptable source for producing the major components for the lightwater reactors promised to North Korea under the 1994 U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework agreement. The resolution is meant to keep pressure on the administration to proceed cautiously in its dealings with Pyongyang on the nuclear issue, according to Representative Benjamin Gilman, the Republican chair of the International Relations Committee. Republican Representative Doug Bereuter, a senior member of the committee, said it would strengthen the administration's hand. Bereuter and Republican Representative Jay Kim introduced the resolution in the committee, where it was approved on a party line vote. The committee's senior Democrat, Representative Lee Hamilton, complained that the resolution amounts to a rewriting of the agreed framework and would complicate Clinton's task of dealing with North Korea. The resolution says North Korea also must make progress toward reducing and relocating the number of military forces arrayed along the Demilitarized Zone, cease its efforts to deploy an intermediate-range ballistic missile system, and discontinue exporting missile technology or other components for weapons of mass destruction. And it states that any future U.S. aid to North Korea or the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Corporation would have to comply with U.S. foreign aid law. The Committee on International Relations passed the resolution by a 22-14 party line vote on June 29.