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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 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.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.

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

North Korea . Countries are expected to submit individual reduction targets — the Obama administration's goal is at least a 26 percent "Our Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that the administration should submit any deal with North Korea to Congress .

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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.

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The Trump administration should submit any deal with North Korea to Congress for approval, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

Congress is determined to have the final say over any deal President Donald Trump strikes with North Beneath the Republican insistence that Trump submit any pact with Pyongyang to Congress is Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who agreed that any final North Korea deal should be "more treaty-based

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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