REP LIEU AND MEMBERS URGE CHAIRMAN ROYCE TO HOLD HEARING ON NORTH KOREA’S EXPANSION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County), Gerald E. Connolly (D | Virginia), and Dina Titus (D | Nevada) sent a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce requesting a hearing on reports that the North Korean regime is stepping up its production of nuclear missles.
In the letter, the Members write:
- We are very concerned by recent reports on efforts by the North Korean regime to expand production of nuclear fuel; to make improvements to missile facilities; and to deceive the United States during the course of ongoing negotiations.
- In the lead-up to the President’s discussions with Kim Jong Un, arms control experts expressed repeated concerns that North Korea was likely operating undisclosed enrichment facilities aside from the disclosed facility at Yongbyon. The classified defense assessment not only confirms these assessments, but indicates that enrichment activity has ramped up.
- As the Committee of jurisdiction, we would be responsible for a potential winding down of sanctions on North Korea and for approving any other “sweeteners” agreed to as part of a comprehensive deal. It is vital to our continued oversight that the Committee hear from the Administration on these concerning revelations and their assessment of ongoing discussions.
READ THE FULL TEXT OF THE LETTER HERE