Offbeat Lawmakers want Trump to report on North Korea nuclear program

19:51  06 june  2018
19:51  06 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Despite current restrictions in place to monitor and curtail Iran's nuclear program , several lawmakers and members of the intelligence community Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has also said that he does not want a nuclear North Korea . So what is prompting some US officials to sound the alarm?

Lawmakers said they came away convinced that the Trump administration recognized the urgency of the mounting tensions Trump has tried to reset the U.S. approach to North Korea , citing the failure of past administrations to rein in the rogue nation’s nuclear -weapons and ballistic-missile programs .

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are expected to meet next week in Singapore in a historic meeting. © Evan Vucci President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un are expected to meet next week in Singapore in a historic meeting. Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require President Donald Trump's administration to provide a detailed report on North Korea's nuclear program to set a "baseline" for progress on talks with Pyongyang.

The bill, seen by Reuters before its public release, is one of a series of efforts by members of Congress to have some say in negotiations ahead of Trump's summit next week in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Korean talks depend on resolving North 's nuclear program , U.S. says. No interaction with ivanka trump . Moon, the North Korean delegation, and Ivanka Earlier, about 100 conservative South Korean lawmakers and activists staged a sit-in near the border with North Korea , to protest

Trump spoke at South Korea 's National Assembly warning North Korea 's dictator Kim Jong-un not to test his patience. 'The time for excuses is over,' he urged South Korean lawmakers . I want peace through strength! 'The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear & ballistic missile programs in

Ahead of the first meeting between leaders of the two countries, Trump has said he has high hopes of "doing something very meaningful" to curtail North Korea's nuclear ambitions. Last week he said he expected an eventual "very positive result" with North Korea, although he dampened expectations for a breakthrough in Singapore, saying it could take several meetings to reach an agreement.

Members of Congress have expressed concern that Trump is so eager for a deal that he will concede too much.

The "North Korea Nuclear Baseline Act" was introduced by Representative Eliot Engel, the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee, as well as lawmakers including Republican Representative Mike McCaul, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the foreign affairs panel.

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As President Donald Trump prepares for an unprecedented meeting with Kim Jong Un to discuss eliminating North Korea ’s nuclear weapons program , he A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers introduced a resolution last month denouncing North Korea ’s labor camps and other

Senators from both parties increasingly worried about North Korea 's nuclear weapons program are talking about bypassing President Trump and hitting the country with sanctions on their own. Lawmakers expressed frustration at the inability to restrain North Korea .

It would require the administration to transmit to congressional national security committees within 60 days of its enactment a report on the status of North Korea's nuclear program.

The report would need to include the location of the country's nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons research, development and production facilities, as well as the location of its ballistic missiles and facilities producing ballistic missiles.

Lawmakers would also ask that the report be updated and re-transmitted every 180 days.

Donald Trump holding a microphone:  Following North Korea's overtures of reconciliation beginning in January, the regime has made several diplomatic moves to indicate it is willing to resume talks between the US and neighboring South Korea. After sending a delegation of athletes and members of the ruling family to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea has made significant strides in thawing relations - though some political observers remain skeptical of the regime's motives. Here are the latest developments between the US, South Korea, and North Korea: A new era of diplomatic relations with North Korea is on the horizon — here's what's happened so far

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Russia says UN should consider sanctions relief for N. Korea .
The UN Security Council should consider steps toward lifting sanctions on North Korea following its agreement with the United States to scrap its nuclear program, Russia's UN ambassador said Wednesday. The council last year adopted three rounds of tough economic sanctions on North Korea, banning most of its exports of raw commodities and severely restricting oil supplies. Asked about lifting sanctions, Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told reporters: "I think that it is only natural that we should be thinking about steps in that direction.""There is progress on the track that should be reciprocal.

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