Congress Seeks Oversight Over US-North Korea Talks

Lawmakers want talks to be in-line with Congressional expectations

Identical, bipartisan bills introduced in the House and Senate are looking to establish Congressional oversight over the Trump Administration’s diplomatic efforts with North Korea.

The main aspects of the bill are to require regular briefings and hearings, and special briefings after every round of senior-level talks with North Korea. They also want to reaffirm that the US must maintain sanctions against North Korea, and must insist on complete denuclearization as a requirement of any deal.

On the surface it seems like just an attempt for Congress to assert some involvement in a major foreign policy situation. The bill’s proponents, however, are the ones broadly against diplomacy in the first place, and who were opposed to the possibility of a deal ending generations of military tension on the Korean Peninsula.

This suggests that the point of the new oversight bill is less about exercising actual oversight, than to try to further undercut the process in general, and block any progress that might start approaching a real deal.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of