Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) today issued the following statement:

“Protecting America from North Korea’s nuclear threats is an urgent priority, and I’m glad the president is seeking peace through diplomacy. Kim Jong Un has gained much from step one, including an apparent promise from the president regarding important U.S.-South Korea defensive military drills. I look forward to a detailed briefing from the administration on the talks and any specific commitments North Korea has made toward denuclearization. Congress has an important oversight role in this process. Throughout, we must press Beijing and others to continue complying fully with all sanctions against the North Korean regime. Kim Jong Un should not receive a dime of relief until he fully and verifiably denuclearizes.”