WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he hopes a denuclearization agreement between the Trump administration and North Korea will result in the signing of a treaty.
“If the president can reach a significant agreement with the North Koreans I hope it takes the form of a treaty,” McConnell said in response to a question at a news conference on Tuesday. “That’s what the founders of our country anticipated and that’s why it’s in the Constitution.”
McConnell added: “Which route the administration takes will be up to them, but I do believe they’ll need to come to Congress in some form.”
Under Article II Sec. 2 treaty ratification requires the support of two-thirds of the Senate.
President Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at a hotel in Singapore on Tuesday.
The leaders signed an agreement that guarantees U.S. commitment to North Korean security in exchange for the regime’s complete denuclearization. However, the agreement does not identify guidelines for denuclearization nor does it address verification.
The U.S. agreed to suspend joint military exercises with neighboring South Korea, Trump said in a news conference after the meetings.
The agreement does not address North Korea’s human rights abuses. The agreement does not provide the regime with sanctions relief.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) blasted the agreement during a news conference on Tuesday.
“What the United States has gained is vague and unverifiable. What North Korea has gained is tangible and lasting,” Schumer said.