With the suspension of the summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un, the diplomatic process to resolve the status of North Korea’s dangerous weapons of mass destruction program has suffered a significant, though not fatal setback. Evidence that North Korea may be restarting work at one of its missile sites is not surprising. Pyongyang and the Trump administration are experiencing a profound disconnect about what kind of deal is within reach.
So that the American public can better understand where the president thinks this diplomatic effort is going, Congress should take an active role in compelling the administration to delineate its strategy, and why the summit in Hanoi went awry. During the first two years of the Trump administration, Congress did not hold a single hearing asking for answers its approach to North Korea’s nuclear program, or its strategy for dealing with Kim. It is time for that to change.
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