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‘Skeptical But Hopeful’: Lawmakers Sound Off on Historic Trump-Kim Summit

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WASHINGTON – Senators and congressmen are weighing in on this week’s historic assembly in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) mentioned in a assertion he stays “skeptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress.”

Portman joined the mother and father of Cincinnati resident Otto Warmbier final 12 months once they welcomed their son house from North Korea after the regime held him prisoner within the nation for 18 months. Warmbier fell into a coma whereas incarcerated within the nation and died inside days of returning to the United States.

Portman says Otto’s loss of life is a “constant reminder to me about the evil nature of this regime.”

“I have long called for a direct dialogue between our two countries,” continued Portman. “I have also supported the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un with the goal of achieving a peaceful solution that includes North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons.” 

“I am hopeful that the negotiations can achieve these goals,” he mentioned. “In the past, however, North Korea has used talks to stall while continuing its nuclear and missile programs, and empty promises cannot buy any more time.”   

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R -SC) echoed his colleagues’ cautious optimism and says he’s skeptical of the president’s claims that North Korea has “given up a tremendous amount” with the proposed denuclearization settlement. 

“This is an agreement in principle,” Graham informed CBS‘s “This Morning.” “This is a historic opportunity to end the Korean War – to get North Korea to give up their weapons and missiles that threaten us and the world in return for security guarantees and prosperity.” 

“I hope it happens, but there is no agreement… if there is an agreement, it must come to Congress for our approval,” he mentioned.

“[Kim Jong Un] kills his own people in large numbers,” continued Graham. “He killed Otto Warmbier. He is a very bad guy. But I’m willing to deal with him on one condition: that we end this madness in North Korea.”

But Democrats supplied a lot harsher criticism of the president’s assembly with the North Korean chief, taking specific concern with the president referring to the dictator as a “very talented man” who “loves his country very much.”

House Democratic chief Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) mentioned in a assertion she respects severe diplomatic efforts for nuclear non-proliferation, however doesn’t imagine these talks achieved that.

“Apparently, the president handed Kim Jong Un concessions in exchange for vague promises that do not approach a clear and comprehensive pathway to denuclearization and non-proliferation,” mentioned Pelosi.

President Trump known as Kim a worthy negotiator following the summit and says he plans to ask him to the White House within the close to future. 

“This was a big win for Kim Jong Un of North Korea,” mentioned Sen. Chris Coons, (D-DE). “North Korea got what they’ve been trying to achieve for decades, the legitimacy of being invited to the White House. The United States got nothing in terms of a clear path towards verifying an agreement towards denuclearization.”

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