By Lee Chi-dong
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- Both chambers of the U.S. Congress are pushing for a joint resolution against North Korea in response to its long-range rocket launch last week, a congressional source said Monday.
"What Congress is seeking is a concurrent resolution which requires approval from the Senate and the House alike," the source said, requesting anonymity.
The purpose of such a concurrent resolution, although non-binding, is to send a stronger political message, added the source.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), outgoing chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has taken the initiative for the resolution and Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), who will succeed her next month, is an "original co-sponsor," the source said.
According to a draft of the resolution, Congress strongly condemns North Korea's latest rocket launch, which was successful.
The lawmakers seek to pass it in both chambers this week but they are "neither optimistic nor pessimistic" of the timeline, the source said.
The Republican-controlled House is preoccupied with drawn-out negotiations with the White House on ways to avert a federal debt crisis. Many members are expected to leave Washington for the Christmas holiday next week.
The last resolution the U.S. Congress adopted against North Korea was in response to the communist nation's torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in the Yellow Sea in 2010, which killed 46 sailors.
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