North Korea

Podcast: Why You Shouldn’t Be Alarmed Over North Korea...Yet
The Week Ahead, Episode 65

President Donald Trump speaks during a security briefing on Thursday at his Bedminster National Golf Club in New Jersey. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump’s fiery rhetoric over North Korea’s nuclear program should not be taken seriously just yet, says CQ Roll Call’s foreign policy reporter Rachel Oswald, adding that Congress may take further action against Pyongyang in September.

Show Notes:

Timing Issues Complicate North Korea Sanctions
Adding language to Russia sanctions bill could delay Senate consideration

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is working with House lawmakers on potentially adding North Korea sanctions to legislation imposing new sanctions on Iran and Russia. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By JOE WILLIAMS and REMA RAHMAN, Roll Call

House and Senate lawmakers have run into timing issues in trying to add language imposing new sanctions on North Korea to a bill already passed by the Senate that would place new sanctions on Iran and Russia.

House Looking at Moving Its Own Sanctions Bill, Adding North Korea
Measure would replace Senate Iran and Russia sanctions bill that faced blue slip issue

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said the House could add North Korea provisions to a Russia and Iran sanctions measure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced Friday that the House is looking to add North Korea provisions to a Russia and Iran sanctions bill that is stuck in a procedural morass. 

The House passed a standalone North Korea sanctions bill in May on a 419 — 1 vote, but the Senate has yet to take up the measure. Adding North Korea to the Russia and Iran sanctions measure would ensure speedier Senate consideration. 

Senators Seek to Follow White House Action on North Korea
Lawmakers hope to ratchet up economic pressure on Pyongyang

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is one of a handful of lawmakers pushing sanctions legislation on North Korea. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators from both sides of the aisle are hoping to move quickly on legislation that would put further economic pressure on North Korea in the aftermath of the country’s first successful launch of a long-range ballistic missile.

The bills, which would, among other things, impose additional economic sanctions on financial institutions that do business with Pyongyang, are the latest in a line of major foreign policy matters before the chamber in the early tenure of a presidency that largely lacks the traditional diplomatic experience of past administrations.

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Gardner Sees ‘Refreshing’ New Focus on North Korea
Senators will be briefed on North Korea threat at the White House Wednesday

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner has been a leading voice in the Republican caucus on North Korea since he entered the Senate in 2015 after serving two terms in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senators will be bused to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on North Korea, and one Republican senator says attention on the threat is long overdue.

Sen. Cory Gardner has been among the lawmakers calling on the Trump administration to prioritize addressing the threat of North Korea launching nuclear weapons, and the Colorado Republican said it is “refreshing” to see some action.

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Obama on North Korea's Nuclear Aims: 'Big Worry'
Kim's official media agency calls Obama a 'nuclear war lunatic'

File footage of North Korean missiles in April. (Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Thursday warned that North Korea’s young leader is hell bent on developing a nuclear weapon , even as that country criticized his planned Friday visit to a site where the United States once dropped an atomic bomb.  

Obama called the mostly isolated country’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon a "big worry for all of us," even while saying U.S. officials believe “they’re not at a point right now that they can effectively hit U.S. targets.”  

Clinton: Trump's North Korea Plan Shows He's 'Ill-Prepared'
Presumptive GOP nominee says he'd talk to North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump said he would be willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, which would be a drastic shift in U.S. foreign policy. (KCNA/AFP/Getty Images file photo)

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues to keep one eye on her expected general election foe, saying Wednesday that Donald Trump ’s willingness to talk to North Korean leaders shows he is “ill-prepared” to be president.  

Clinton was reacting to this comment the presumptive GOP nominee made about Kim Jong Un in an interview with Reuters : "I would speak to him, I would have no problem speaking to him.”