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Donnelly: We Need a Strategy Before We Meet With North Korea

The plan to have a strategy was signed into law in December. It's getting close to due, but the White House isn't ready.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Where is the strategy for North Korea? President Trump is planning to meet with their leader, but he owes Congress a comprehensive strategy now, said Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Donnelly’s provision on a comprehensive strategy on North Korea was signed into law in December as part of the national defense bill, and it requires the Trump administration to bring to Congress, within 90 days of enactment, a strategy to address the threats from North Korea, including clear objectives, a roadmap, and a timeline. 

Donnelly spoke recently with White House National Security Advisor Lt. General H.R. McMaster, who said the administration’s strategy is not yet ready to submit to Congress.

“A nuclear North Korea is one of the most pressing threats to U.S. national security… This reality underscores the importance that the United States approach the North Korean threat—and now the recently announced talks—with a clear vision and an interagency approach that effectively utilizes our political, economic, and military power," said Donnelly

"The White House and our diplomats have a lot of difficult work ahead of them to ensure that this meeting delivers positive results. As Americans, we all want the President to be successful in achieving a peaceful resolution to this crisis.  To that end, I strongly encourage the Administration to promptly present to Congress a comprehensive strategy to make sure that we are using all of our tools to give us the best chance at success.”

PHOTO: courtesy Joe Donnelly

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