Chairman Yoho on the hearing: “President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un does not mark the end of a security crisis, but the beginning of a new phase in managing the North Korean threat. A head-of-state level meeting is an unprecedented diplomatic step, and the Kim regime has used such diplomatic gambits as cynical ploys for decades. Until Kim lives up to his word, we have no evidence to show that this isn’t just more of the same. We must maintain pressure until denuclearization is complete, verifiable, and irreversible, and ensure that the security needs of our South Korean and Japanese allies are met. Congress must play an aggressive oversight role, so in this hearing we’ll begin identifying priorities and areas of concern.”

Opening Statements


Mr. Bruce Klingner
Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia
Asian Studies Center
The Heritage Foundation
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Michael J. Green, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Asia
Japan Chair
Center for Strategic and International Studies
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Abraham Denmark
Asia Program
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]


Hearing transcript (PDF)