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Text of A joint resolution condemning the Soviet criminal destruction of the Korean civilian airliner.

This resolution was enacted after being signed by the President on September 28, 1983. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 1983 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

PUBLIC LAW 98-98—SEPT. 28, 1983                                    97 STAT. 715
Public Law 98-98
98th Congress
                            Joint Resolution
                                                                                   Sept. 28, 1983
   C!ondemning the Soviet criminal destruction of the Korean civilian airliner.
                                                                                   [H.J. Res. 353]
Whereas the United States joins with the world community in
  expressing its outrage over the actions of the Soviet Government
  on August 31, 1983, which caused the destruction of Korean Air
  Lines flight 7 with the loss of two hundred and sixty-nine innocent
  lives;
WhereEis on August 31, 1983, Korean Air Lines flight 7 inadvert-
  ently entered Soviet airspace;
Whereas Soviet authorities tracked Korean Air Lines flight 7 for
  more than two hours, but did not adhere to all the internationally
  recognized procedures necessary to warn the aircraft that it was
  off course and to protect its passengers;
Whereas a Soviet Air Force fighter fired air-to-air missiles at
  Korean Air Lines flight 7 and destroyed the unarmed, clearly
  marked civilian airliner with two hundred and sixty-nine inno-
  cent men, women, and children from fourteen nations aboard,
  including sixty-one of our fellow citizens;
Whereas among the victims was a distinguished Member of Con-
  gress, the Honorable Larry P. McDonald;
Whereas the highest levels of the Soviet Government have lied in an
  attempt to justify this unconscionable act and have continued to
  deny access to the area where the airplane went down;
Whereas the Soviet Government has publicly proclaimed its inten-
  tion to repeat its murderous act if another airliner wanders
  inadvertently into Soviet airspace; and
Whereas this cold-blooded barbarous attack on a commercial air-
  liner straying off course is one of the most infamous and reprehen-
  sible acts in history: Now, therefore, be it
 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the United                    Soviet
States hereby—                /                                                    destruction of
                                                                                   Korean airliner,
        (1) condemns the Soviet crime of destroying Korean Air Lines               condemnation.
     flight 7 and murdering the two hundred and sixty-nine innocent
     people onboard;
        (2) calls for a full and frank explanation from the Soviet
     Union for this brutal massacre;
        (3) extends its deepest sympathies to the families who lost
     loved ones, and supports their rights to obtain reparations from
     the Soviet Union;
        (4) calls on the Soviet Union to assist international efforts to
     recover the remains of the victims;
        (5) calls for an international investigation by the Interna-
     tional Civil Aviation Organization into this heinous incident;
        (6) declares its intention to work with the international com-
     munity in demanding that the Soviet Union modify its air
     defense procedures and practices to assure the safe passage of
     commercial airliners;

97 STAT. 716 PUBLIC LAW 98-98—SEPT. 28, 1983 (7) finds that this tragic incident, and the Soviet Govern- ment's refusal to acknowledge responsibility for its wanton conduct, will make it more difficult for the United States and other nations to accept the Soviet Union as a responsible member of the international community; and (8) urges our allies and other nations to cooperate with the United States in continuing to demand that the Soviet Govern- ment unequivocally apologize for its actions, fully compensate the families of the innocent victims, and agree to abide by internationally recognized and established procedures which are purposefully designed to prevent the occurrence of such tragedies. Approved September 28, 1983. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.J. Res. 353 (S.J. Res. 158): CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 129 (1983): Sept. 14, considered and passed House. Sept. 15, considered and passed Senate. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 19, No. 39 (1983): Sept. 28, Presidential statement.