Oregon political leaders react to Trump-Kim summit

Connect To Congress - Sen. Jeff Merkley

PORTLAND, Ore. – After President Donald Trump met with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday in Singapore, Oregon political leaders shared their thoughts on the summit.

In the meeting, Trump and Kim committed to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula. But, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici feel that Trump gave away too much in exchange for too little.

The U.S. agreed to halt military exercises with its ally South Korea.

In a statement, Merkley said:

“There is no military solution to the crisis with North Korea, so it is important that the Administration continues to pursue diplomacy.

“The Singapore Summit, however, was a colossal disappointment. North Korean leader Kim secured a huge win just by standing on the world stage as a coequal with President Trump and by getting a concrete concession from the U.S. to end military exercises in South Korea.

“The U.S., however, got nothing in return. Not a schedule for a complete inventory of North Korea’s nuclear and missile stockpiles. Not a plan for eliminating these weapons. Not a commitment for verification.

“If a Democratic president had given up so much for so little, Republicans would be up in arms.

“Diplomacy is the right track, but it doesn’t mean getting taken to the cleaners and trusting the word of a ruthless dictator from a nation that has repeatedly violated past deals.”

In a statement, Bonamici said:

“I will always support efforts to seek peace rather than wage war, and the dialogue begun at the Singapore Summit may eventually yield positive results. But North Korea has repeatedly failed to uphold prior agreements, and it remains to be seen whether Kim Jong-un is truly willing to denuclearize. In light of countless violent atrocities and human rights violations, it is dangerous to give legitimacy to him and his brutal regime—and lauding an agreement without receiving concrete, verifiable commitments in return may prove foolhardy. We must continue to cooperate closely with our allies, particularly South Korea, to work toward stability, security, and shared prosperity on the Korean Peninsula. This is even more important after President Trump’s destructive behavior toward our country’s closest allies at the G7 summit just a few days ago. Nuclear arms and economic ties to allies demand a thorough and thoughtful approach—not erratic tweets and flip remarks.”

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