- The Washington Times
Friday, May 24, 2019

A bipartisan group of key lawmakers have introduced a bill on Friday that would closely monitor President Trump and his diplomatic outreach to North Korea.

The “North Korea Policy Oversight Act,” introduced by Democrats Sen. Bob Menendez and Rep. Eliot Engel, and Republicans Sen. Cory Gardner, and Rep. Joe Wilson, addresses the denuclearization process of North Korea, and declares that changes to U.S. military presence in the Korean peninsula cannot be leveraged in negotiations.

“I’m alarmed by the Trump administration’s lack of transparency on their policy toward North Korea,” said Mr. Engel, the New York Democrat who chairs the House Foreign Relations Committee. He said the legislation “can properly keep track of the developments on this critical national security issue.”

The announcement comes three months after North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met Mr. Trump in Hanoi for their second face-to-face summit but the meeting failed to cut a deal to end the North’s nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

“The failures of the president’s policy thus far leaves us without a visible pathway forward on denuclearization, making the need for congressional oversight more necessary than ever,” said New Jersey’ Mr. Menendez, ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The legislation also calls for regular briefings Congress on the state of negotiations, and requests a report submitted by the Secretary of State that assesses the negotiations and ongoing threat posed by the North Korean nuclear program.

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