Preventing North Korea from continuing its bellicose activities, including the proliferation of illegal nuclear weapons must continue to be a top priority for the United States and its key regional partners. North Korea is already violating the letter and spirit of numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions and continues to demonstrate a wanton desire to explore further provocative, destabilizing military action.
Strengthening high-level dialogue on North Korean nuclear proliferation between the United States, regional partners, and the United Nations would bring needed and heightened attention to the issue. The United States would benefit from a comprehensive strategy, jointly implemented with its regional partners, including China, to prevent North Korea from becoming armed with nuclear weapons and strengthen the shared goal of achieving a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. This dialogue could better: coordinate sanctions enforcement, detect North Korean proliferation activities, and prepare contingency responses.
The United States, along with its allies and partners, have highly capable military and nuclear experts who can refine plans to respond to potentially dangerous North Korean developments and could recommend defensive measures to address any vulnerabilities. It is in the interest of the United States to remain the security partner of choice for allies and partners in the Indo-Asia Pacific region and to strengthen norms based on the international order that has guided peace and stability in the region since the end of World War II.
Therefore, this resolution:
Expresses the Sense of Congress that the United States should expand the trilateral mechanism (the U.S. Japan, and South Korea) to serve as a focal point for regional cooperation regarding North Korea;
Establishes a Joint Commission on North Korea including U.S. government officials and countries in the Indo-Asian Pacific region;
Reaffirms longstanding U.S. policy by expressing the Sense of Congress that the Secretary of State should conduct comprehensive regional and global diplomacy, in close coordination with United States allies in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region, to coordinate responses to North Korean provocations and enhance enforcement of United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
I hope you will join me in supporting this effort by cosponsoring this legislation. Please contact Ben Barasky at 202-225-6311 or Ben.Barasky@mail.house.gov to cosponsor the bill or for additional information.