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H.R. 3574 (ih) To provide for the improvement of the processing of claims for veterans compensation and pension, and for other purposes. [Introduced in House] ...
pursuant to this subsection shall submit a report to the Director not later than March 1 of each year regarding the activities of, and use of funds awarded through such grant by, such person or entity during the previous year. (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to the Director of the United States Agency for International Development $500,000 for each of the fiscal years 2003 through 2006 to carry out this section. SEC. 305. FUNDING FOR ENTITIES THAT PROMOTE MARKET ECONOMIES. (a) Grants Authorized.--The Director of the United States Agency for International Development may make grants to nongovernmental, non- profit human rights organizations or persons, or foreign governmental organizations that promote market economies modeled after programs in Vietnam. (b) Time of Grants.--The grants provided under this subsection may not exceed 2 years in duration. (c) Reporting Requirements.--Each nongovernmental organization awarded a grant pursuant to this subsection shall submit an annual report to the Director not later than March 1 of each year regarding the activities of, and use of funds awarded through such grant by, such organization during the previous year. (d) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is authorized to be appropriated to the Director of the United States Agency for International Development $500,000 for each of the fiscal years 2003 through 2006 to carry out this section. TITLE IV--NEGOTIATIONS WITH NORTH KOREA SEC. 401. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING NEGOTIATIONS WITH NORTH KOREA. It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) it is necessary and proper for the United States to engage in negotiations with the Government of North Korea and other concerned parties in Northeast Asia to address issues of common concern both regionally and to the broader world community; (2) every government in Northeast Asia, including China and Russia, should support the principle of peaceful reunification on the Korean peninsula; (3) as close allies with shared democratic values, the political leadership in South Korea and the United States should work together to develop a strategy for increasing public awareness in both countries that our common goal is to achieve a peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula based on democratic principles; (4) any negotiations between the United States, North Korea, and other concerned parties in Northeast Asia should include discussions directed toward ensuring the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of the North Korean nuclear arms program, the elimination of Pyongyang's other illegal weapons of mass destruction programs, ending its proliferation of missiles and missile-related technologies, the adoption by North Korea of a less provocative conventional force posture, addressing the issues underlying its appearance on the State Department list of states sponsoring terrorism, and the establishment of a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula; (5) any diplomatic solution to the problems posed by the development of weapons of mass destruction, the proliferation of ballistic missiles, and the potential destabilization of Northeast Asia by North Korea should be comprehensive and also seek to change North Korea's horrendous behavior on human rights; and (6) any negotiations between the United States, North Korea, and other concerned parties in Northeast Asia should include the human rights of North Korean citizens, including dialogue on religious and political freedoms and the North Korean prison system, as a key concern. SEC. 402. SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING TRADE SANCTIONS AND ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE. It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) in the context of North Korean steps to respond affirmatively and take appropriate action to address the concerns of the United States, other parties in Northeast Asia, and the world community, the United States and North Korea should engage in trade that will mutually benefit the people of both nations; (2) the mere lifting of United States sanctions against North Korea, without fundamental changes in the North Korean economy, will not lead to mutually beneficial economic relationships between the United States and North Korea; (3) the United States should provide economic assistance to North Korea that will benefit the people of North Korea, and should avoid merely establishing North Korea as a permanent recipient of foreign assistance; (4) the Government of North Korea should recognize that the path to economic renewal and growth lies in international markets in goods, services, and capital, which offer opportunities for reducing costs, improving productivity, and promoting dynamism; (5) the participation in the North Korean economy of small- and medium-sized businesses from South Korea represents an opportunity for North Korea to integrate its economy with the world market, expand trade, and attract foreign investment and other economic benefits; and (6) trade sanctions related to North Korea should not be lifted, and economic assistance should not be provided to North Korea, unless such lifting of sanctions or provision of economic assistance is also accompanied by significant and transparent market oriented economic reforms in that country, including the aggressive prosecution of any North Koreans engaged in international criminal activities such as drug trafficking and counterfeiting. SEC. 403. CONDITIONS ON DIRECT UNITED STATES AID AND OTHER ASSISTANCE TO THE GOVERNMENT OF NORTH KOREA. (a) Humanitarian Aid.--No department, agency, or entity of the United States Government may provide humanitarian aid to any department, agency, or entity of the Government of North Korea unless such United States Government department, agency, or entity can demonstrate that the Government of North Korea has taken steps to ensure that-- (1) such aid is delivered, distributed, and monitored according to internationally recognized humanitarian standards; (2) such aid is provided on a needs basis, and is not used as a political reward or tool of coercion; (3) such aid reaches the intended beneficiaries, who are informed of the source of the aid; and (4) humanitarian access to all vulnerable groups in North Korea is allowed, no matter where in the country they may be located. (b) Nonhumanitarian Aid.--No department, agency, or entity of the United States Government may provide nonhumanitarian aid to any department, agency, or entity of the Government of North Korea unless such United States Government department, agency, or entity can demonstrate that the Government of North Korea has made substantial progress toward-- (1) respecting and protecting basic human rights, including freedom of religion, of the people of North Korea; (2) providing for significant family reunification between North Koreans and their descendants and relatives in the United States; (3) fully disclosing all information regarding citizens of Japan and the Republic of Korea kidnapped by the Government of North Korea; (4) allowing such abductees, along with their families, complete and genuine freedom to leave North Korea and return to the abductees original home countries; (5) significantly reforming its prison and labor camp system, and subjecting such reforms to independent international monitoring; and (6) decriminalizing political expression and activity. (c) Other Assistance.--It is the sense of Congress that significant North Korean progress on the areas of concern described in subsections (a) and (b) may, in the context of more comprehensive negotiations, serve as a basis for the United States to-- (1) support the opening of an embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea; and (2) support the membership of North Korea in multilateral development institutions. TITLE V--MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS SEC. 501. ANNUAL REPORT. (a) Annual Report.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit a joint report to the appropriate congressional committees on the operation of this Act during the previous year. (b) Contents.--The report submitted in accordance with subsection (a) shall include-- (1) the number of aliens who are natives or citizens of North Korea and have been granted humanitarian parole under section 203, and the immigration status of such aliens before being granted humanitarian parole; (2) the number of aliens who are natives or citizens of North Korea and have been granted an adjustment of status under section 204, and the immigration status of such aliens before being granted adjustment of status; (3) the number of aliens who are natives or citizens of North Korea who were granted political asylum; (4) the number of aliens who are natives or citizens of North Korea who were granted temporary protected status under section 205; (5) the number of aliens who are natives or citizens of North Korea who applied for refugee status and the number who were granted refugee status; (6) the number of orphans who are natives or citizens of North Korea who have been identified for adoption by, or are in the process of being adopted by, United States citizens; (7) a description of the activities of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Informant Center established under section 207 of this Act; and (8) the activities of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees with respect to section 210. SEC. 502. TASK FORCE ON NORTH KOREAN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. (a) Establishment.--The President should establish an Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat North Korean Criminal Activities (referred to in this section as the ``Task Force''). (b) Membership.--The Task Force shall be composed of-- (1) 2 senior staff members of the Department of Homeland Security appointed by the Secretary; (2) 2 senior staff members of the Department of State appointed by the Secretary of State; (3) 2 senior staff members of the Department of Justice appointed by the Attorney General; (4) 2 senior staff members of the Department of Defense appointed by the Secretary of Defense; (5) 2 senior staff members of the Department of Treasury appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury; and (6) 2 senior staff members of the Central Intelligence Agency appointed by the Director of Central Intelligence. (c) Duties.--The Task Force shall coordinate the monitoring and prosecution of criminal activities in North Korea, including trafficking in narcotics, weapons, and persons. The Task Force shall-- (1) not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, deliver to the appropriate congressional committees a plan for denying to the North Korean regime and North Korean Government officials financial benefits from the activities of Division 39 and any similar or successor entities; (2) coordinate United States agency activities regarding crimes committed by North Koreans, including by officials and entities of the Government of North Korea; and (3) coordinate United States agency cooperation with law enforcement, intelligence, and military services of foreign countries with respect to crimes committed by North Koreans. (d) Report.--The Task Force shall issue an annual report to the appropriate congressional committees describing criminal activities conducted by North Koreans in the previous year and the response by United States Government agencies. <all>
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