- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday which extends the existing U.S.-South Korea civil nuclear energy agreement for two years.

Republican Congressman Ed Royce of California said in September 2013 that the alliance between North and South Korea “is a model for global partnership in every field,” and on security that appears to be the case. After the Senate passed a bill that mirrors the House version on Monday, the legislative extension is now free to proceed to President Obama’s desk.

Mr. Royce, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement released by his office: “For over 60 years the U.S.-South Korea relationship has been a cornerstone of peace and security in the Asia-Pacific region. Our two nations’ nuclear energy partnership has provided significant economic benefits. Today’s important legislation extends the current U.S.-South Korea civil nuclear agreement, set to expire this year. Passage of this legislation, which is vital to our ally South Korea, sends a strong message that we are committed to strengthening this critical relationship.”

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