The Senate is pressing the Obama administration to file a report on North Korea’s conduct since it was removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
President Bush removed North Korea from that list on Oct. 11, 2008, as part of U.S. negotiations on the communist country’s nuclear program. However, this year North Korea conducted several missile firings and nuclear testing in defiance of the United States and its allies.
The Senate passed the non-binding amendment on Wednesday, 66-31.
The Senate favored Kerry’s sense of the Senate amendment instead of much stronger language eyed by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). Brownback also introduced a sense of the Senate amendment to the bill pressing the secretary of State to re-designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. That amendment failed, 54-43.