Jun 12 2018
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the president’s summit with North Korea:
“It’s no secret that North Korea has a nuclear arsenal and the means to use it. The rogue state is a clear and present danger to the United States and our regional allies, and there’s really no viable military option, which means diplomacy must work. It’s important that the two leaders met and were able to create an opportunity for serious discussion
“Given our history with North Korea, I’m concerned that President Trump said he trusts Kim Jong Un’s commitment to denuclearize. North Korea violated the 1994 Agreed Framework when it built a uranium enrichment program. North Korea violated the 2012 Leap Day agreement by conducting a banned missile test. There’s a record of refusing to live up to agreements, and President Trump would be well-served to understand this history.
“With little to show beyond a brief joint statement with few details, President Trump agreed to end military exercises with South Korea. These exercises for years have served as an important signal that the United States supports our allies in the region. It concerns me that the president is making concessions to North Korea with nothing to show in return.
“Over the coming months, Secretary Pompeo has been tasked with negotiating a nuclear agreement with North Korea. As the co-chair of the Senate’s National Security Working Group, I intend to closely monitor the administration’s negotiations to ensure that North Korea is required to completely and verifiably denuclearize.”