January 23, 2021

Democratic gains, North Korean pains? Congress’s limited impact on DPRK policy

The newly-reconfigured legislative branch is unlikely to impact the ongoing rapprochement

The U.S. midterm elections saw the Democrats take the House of Representatives, while the Republicans retained control of the Senate.

A divided Congress will likely serve as a brake against most of Donald Trump’s policy agenda. But in one critical issue area—the diplomatic efforts to denuclearize North Korea—congressional divisions will not have a significant impact. For better or worse, the executive branch in general and Trump in particular will be able to deal with North Korea as they see fit.