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Democrats proposed a new bill Monday — on the eve of talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un — that would prevent the president from launching a pre-emptive strike on North Korea.
Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced the bill, which would require congressional approval before any pre-emptive strike, as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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The legislation is similar to a bill that several Democrats co-sponsored in the Senate last year, and one proposed by Rep. Ted Lieu in the House, which would prevent the president from launching a pre-emptive strike “absent an imminent threat to the United States without express congressional authorization.”
The bill leaves open the problem of how an “imminent threat” is to be determined. It does not answer the question of what North Korea must be expected to do as Congress debates and votes on whether to authorize a pre-emptive...
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