CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 1382 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, May 24, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Del. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega (D-AS) on May 20, 2010.
H.Res. 1382 would resolve that the House of Representatives:
• "Expresses its sympathy and condolences to the families and loved ones of the sailors of the Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Cheonan who were killed in action on March 26, 2010;
• "Stands in solidarity with the people and the Government of the Republic of Korea in the aftermath of this tragic incident;
• "Reaffirms its enduring commitment to the alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States and to the security of the Republic of Korea;
• "Supports the findings and conclusions of the investigation report released by the Government of the Republic of Korea on May 20, 2010;
• "Condemns North Korea in the strongest terms for sinking the ROKS Cheonan;
• "Calls for an apology by North Korea for its hostile acts and a commitment by North Korea never to violate the Korean War Armistice Agreement again;
• "Urges the international community to provide all necessary support to the Republic of Korea as the Government of the Republic of Korea prepares to respond to the actions committed by North Korea, which led to sinking of the ROKS Cheonan;
• "Urges the international community to fully and faithfully implement all United Nations Security Council Resolutions pertaining to security on the Korean Peninsula, including United Nations Security Council Resolution 1695 (2006), United Nations Security Council Resolution 1718 (2006), and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874 (2009); and
• "Further urges the United States, in coordination with its allies and partners, to take other appropriate actions in response to the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan and other hostile acts of North Korea."
On March 26, 2010, the South Korean ship Cheonan was sunk by an explosion in the vicinity of Baengnyeong Island, Republic of Korea, killing 46 sailors. On May 20, 2010, an international commission investigating the sinking of the Cheonan presented its findings and concluded that the ship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo attack.