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Congressional Committee Hearings on North Korea

Subcommittee Hearing: The Shocking Truth about North Korean Tyranny (March 26, 2014)

Hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific about human rights abuses in North Korea.

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Resolving Crises in East Asia through a New System of Collective Security: The Helsinki Process as a Model (December 11, 2013)

The Helsinki Process, a multilateral approach to political, economic and human rights issues in Europe since the 1970s, has been credited with enhancing stability during the Cold War and helping to bring about dramatic political, social and economic change in Europe and Eurasia in the decades since. This comprehensive approach to security is often cited as a blueprint for effective engagement that can lead to increased security and a greater respect for human rights elsewhere around the globe. This hearing will examine the situation in East Asia, and the North Korean peninsula in particular, and discuss how a Helsinki-type process might help defuse tensions and promote greater cooperation in Northeast Asia.

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Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Next Steps in the U.S. - Republic of Korea Alliance (June 27, 2013)

Hearing held by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific and on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

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Joint Subcommittee Hearing: Breaking the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nexus (April 11, 2013)

Hearing held by the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittees on Asia and the Pacific; Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade; and the Middle East and North Africa.

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U.S. Policy Toward North Korea (March 7, 2013)

This hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee featured testimony from Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies, as well as a second panel featuring several former U.S. government officials.

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North Korea's Criminal Activities: Financing the Regime (March 5, 2012)

This hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, held in the aftermath of North Korea's third nuclear test, examined North Korea's illicit sources of hard currency and possible sanctions legislation to curtain this activity.

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What's Next for the U.S.-Korea Alliance? (June 6, 2012)

Jim Zumwalt, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, testifies on the state of U.S.-ROK relations in the security, economic, and cultural fields. Victor Cha also testifies on ways to strengthen the alliance, while Mark Peters and Daniel Lipman discuss U.S. civilian nuclear cooperation with South Korea.

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North Korea after Kim Jong-il: Still Dangerous and Erratic (April 18, 2012)

This hearing, held shortly after North Korea's failed satellite launch on April 12, 2012, featured testimony by Frederick Fleitz, Michael Green, Scott Snyder, and Patrick Cronin.

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The Security Situation in the Korean Peninsula (March 28, 2012)

This hearing by the House Armed Services Committee on The Security Situation in the Korean Peninsula featured testimony by James Thurman, Commander of U.S. Forces Korea, and Dr. Peter Lavoy, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense (Policy) for Asian and Pacific Issues.

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China's Repatriation of North Korean Refugees (March 5, 2012)

The Commission hearing will address the current predicament of North Korean refugees who have been detained by Chinese authorities in recent weeks. Witnesses will discuss the factors driving North Koreans to flee to China. Witnesses will also address the legality of China's forced repatriations of North Koreans and relevant humanitarian concerns.

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Testimony of Admiral Robert F. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Command (February 28, 2012)

Admiral Robert Willard discussed U.S. defense planning regarding North Korea during this review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2013 and the Future Years Defense Program.

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The Expanding U.S.-Korea Alliance (October 26, 2011)

Testimony from Christopher Hill, Bruce Klingner, Tami Overby, and Abraham Kim on security and economic-related aspects of the U.S.-Korea alliance.

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Human Rights in North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities (September 20, 2011)

This hearing reviewed the status of human rights in North Korea, and how human rights issues are incorporated into U.S. policies toward the DPRK. The hearing featured testimony from two North Korean defectors and survivors of the country's prison camps, Kim Hye Sook and Kim Young Soon.

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Confirmation Hearing of General James D. Thurman (June 28, 2011)

Summary of the hearing to consider the nomination of General James D. Thurman for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/United States Forces Korea.

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Religious Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights in Asia: Status of Implementation of the Tibetan Policy Act, Block Burmese JADE Act, and North Korean Human Rights Act (June 2, 2011)

Hearing to discuss the status of human rights in North Korea, Burma, and Tibet. Witnesses discussing North Korea include Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Robert King, Chuck Downs of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, and Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch.

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North Korea's Sea of Fire: Bullying, Brinksmanship, and Blackmail (March 10, 2011)

This full hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee discussed a wide range of security and policy issues concerning North Korea. Panelists included Robert Carlin, Bruce Klingner, Victor Cha, and William Newcomb.

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Breaking the Cycle of North Korean Provocations (March 1, 2011)

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, and Stephen Bosworth, U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, addressed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in this full committee hearing. They were followed in a second panel by Gordon Flake, Marcus Noland, and Robert Carlin.

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North Korea's Nuclear and Missile Tests and the Six-Party Talks: Where Do We Go from Here? (June 17, 2009)

This hearing of the House Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Environment, and the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, discussed how the US should respond to North Korea's recent missile launch and nuclear test and questioned the future of the Six-Party Talks. Witnesses included Selig Harrison, Ambassador Thomas Hubbard, and Richard Bush.

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