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Congressional Committee Hearings on North Korea

Joint Subcommittee Hearing: The Iran-North Korea Strategic Alliance (July 28, 2015)

A hearing before 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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Lessons Learned From Past WMD Negotiations (June 24, 2015)

A hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, featuring testimony from William Tobey and Graham Allison.

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Subcommittee Hearing: The Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act: State Department’s Non-Compliance (June 17, 2015)

A hearing before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, featuring testimony from GAO Director Thomas Melito.

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Briefing: The North Korean Threat: Nuclear, Missiles and Cyber (January 13, 2015)

This briefing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee full House Foreign Affairs Committee focuses on recent security challenges presented by North Korea, and the U.S. response. (It is a "briefing" rather than a hearing because it took place prior to the Foreign Affairs Committee formally organizing.)

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Subcommittee Hearing: Twenty-Years of U.S. Policy on North Korea: From Agreed Framework to Strategic Patience (July 30, 2014)

Hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, featuring testimony from Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies, and Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Robert King.

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Subcommittee Briefing and Hearing: Human Rights Abuses and Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea (June 18, 2014)

Hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, featuring testimony from Andrew Natsios, Shin Chang-hoon, and Shin Dong-hyuk, and a briefing from ROK Ambassador-at-Large for Human Rights Lee Jong-hoon.

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Recent Developments in China’s Relations with Taiwan and North Korea (June 5, 2014)

Hearing of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China's relations with Taiwan and North Korea. The third panel of the hearing focuses on China-North Korea relations.

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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, 2013)

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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