Offbeat McConnell: Any North Korea deal should be submitted to Congress

23:31  12 june  2018
23:31  12 june  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Senate Democrats vow to buck Trump on North Korea without tough deal

  Senate Democrats vow to buck Trump on North Korea without tough deal <p>Senate Democrats on Monday told President Donald Trump not to make a deal with North Korea that leaves it in possession of nuclear weapons, and threatened to maintain economic sanctions on Pyongyang if that condition is not met.</p>Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic Leader, and ranking Democrats from national security committees, released a letter to Trump laying out five demands for any pact. They said they would not only oppose easing sanctions on North Korea but also seek to impose tougher ones if the conditions are not met.

McConnell and Boehner should seize this opportunity to demonstrate leadership and make it happen.Vp. Under Corker-Cardin, the agreement that must be submitted to Congress expressly must include any “related” materials, including How to Tell If the North Korea Talks Are a Success.

TRENDING: Donald Trump. North Korea . Countries are expected to submit individual reduction targets — the Obama administration's goal is at least a 26 percent "Our international partners should proceed with caution before entering into a binding, unattainable deal ,' McConnell said then.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that the administration should submit any deal with North Korea to Congress.

"I think there would be widespread interest in Congress for having involvement. ... [If] the president can reach a significant agreement with North Korea, I hope it takes the form of a treaty," McConnell told reporters.

McConnell noted there was "precedent" for the administration making a deal without a treaty and what route they end up taking "will be up to them, but I do believe they'll need to come to Congress in some form."

McConnell's comments come after Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting in Singapore. The two men signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified "security guarantees" in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Lawmakers want Trump to report on North Korea nuclear program

  Lawmakers want Trump to report on North Korea nuclear program <p>Republican and Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives want a report to set a "baseline" for progress on talks with Pyongyang.</p>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.

The concerns have been voiced on both sides of the aisle in Congress , where top Senate Democrats have sent Trump a letter insisting any deal will be a bad one unless it forces North Korea to comply with a long list of onerous demands. Even Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Democrats List Demands for North Korea Deal . The Smear Campaign against Ronald Mortensen. Some argue that Congress should have “made” the Iran deal a treaty or forced the president to submit it to Congress as such.

Several GOP senators signaled earlier Tuesday that they believe any final agreement should be sent to Congress for its approval.

"Yeah, assuming there is a final agreement, they've indicated that they would bring that agreement to us in the form of a treaty," GOP Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, told The Hill.

Sending any agreement to the Senate in the form of a treaty would require the deal to get bipartisan support and win over two-thirds of the chamber. The Obama-era State Department rankled congressional Republicans when it defined the Iran nuclear deal as a "nonbinding agreement" instead of a treaty.

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) added that both countries are "early in the process" but if the administration is able to lock down an agreement it should be sent to Congress.

"I think when you're talking about something as profound as maybe ending a war that we've been in for about 70 years. ... I think it should take congressional action to solidify it," he added.

GOP Sen. John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said separately on Tuesday that he believed the administration "should" submit the deal to Congress and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on NBC's Today that he not only wanted "to see the details, I want to vote on them."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated earlier this month that the administration intended to give a document to Congress for their approval.

Pompeo cancels Senate briefing on North Korea deal .
The abruptly cancelled all-Senate briefing may be rescheduled for next week.WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly cancelled a planned Wednesday briefing for all U.S. senators on a deal with North Korea that President Donald Trump has hailed as a breakthrough — even while the details remain vague.

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