Ruppersberger Issues Statement on North Korea Summit
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today released the following statement on the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un last night in Singapore:
“I encourage and respect all efforts toward diplomacy that could lead to the denuclearization of North Korea. I have said from Day One of this Administration: if Trump succeeds, America succeeds. In this case, if Trump succeeds, the world succeeds.
But we have no reason to trust Kim Jong Un and I am concerned that President Trump has agreed to early compromises without a clearly-defined path forward. The United States should do nothing until we have a complete, verifiable and irreversible agreement in place that will reaffirm North Korea’s pledges to stop testing and, ultimately, destroy their nuclear arsenal. North Korea must also agree to humanitarian concessions that significantly improve the living conditions of its people.
I am also extremely concerned about any deal that weakens our alliance with South Korea and its impact on China. We need to remain extremely vigilant about China’s involvement in negotiations moving forward."