Bob Menéndez Wants More Oversight of Trump’s Diplomacy Efforts with North Korea
Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday introduced legislation to provide congressional oversight of U.S. diplomacy with North Korea and any agreement that emerges from the Trump administration’s engagement with Kim Jong Un. The bill comes almost two weeks after Trump met with Kim at a historic summit in Singapore that resulted in a North Korean commitment to the “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, but failed to spell how that goal would be achieved or how long it would take. Joined by Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), the North Korea Policy Oversight Act calls for the president to submit a report on how the diplomatic negotiations with North Korea are expected to proceed, with continual written updates every 30 days. Among other provisions, it also demands continued sanctions until there’s “meaningful and verifiable denuclearization,” and for the U.S. not to pursue military action against the North contrary to international law. “If we are going to be successful in the pursuit of peace with North Korea, the Trump Administration must execute strategic, rigorous, and thoughtful diplomacy. I am concerned that, thus far, it has not,” said Menéndez. More here.