The bill cites international press reports that indicate North Korea has provided “Iran's surrogates, Hezbollah and Hamas, with both missile technology and training in tunneling techniques with which to attack Israel”; and that North Korea assisted Syria in the construction of “a nuclear reactor… destroyed in a strike by Israeli forces on September 6, 2007.” Would require the Secy. State to designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism and would allow the president to waive the designation upon certification that, inter alia, North Korea has not transferred missile or nuclear technology to Iran or Syria and has not trained, harbored, supplied, or financed Hamas or Hizballah for the previous five years.
See also: companion measure S. 837 on 4/20/09; similar measure S. 1416 of 7/8/09; and related measures H.R. 485 on 1/13/09, H.R. 1260 of 2/26/09, H.R. 1288 of 3/3/09, H.R. 2375 of 5/12/09, and H. Res. 872 of 10/27/09.