Brown Statement on President Trump's Summit with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement at the close of President Trump's summit in Singapore with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un
I have always supported strong diplomacy as an appropriate response to international crises, rather than the immediate threat or use of military force. I believe that diplomacy can lead to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, especially by maintaining tough sanctions and with the support of a robust coalition of allies led by the United States. This photo-op summit, however, has not changed the fact that a nuclear-armed North Korea remains a threat to the national security of the United States, our allies and the entire international community.
The only concrete result from this made-for-TV summit is an elevated North Korea – a despotic and inhumane regime that tortures and starves its own people. Kim Jong Un got exactly what he wanted – a one-on-one meeting with the President of the United States, assurances that the US military will suspend exercises with South Korea, serious consideration that President Trump will remove American forces from the peninsula, commitments that we will will reconsider sanctions against the North Korean regime, and an unnecessary showering of praise over Kim Jong Un’s “talent” and intelligence.
It’s unclear what concessions North Korea made and how they benefit the United States and our allies. There must be independent verification and permanent monitoring to ensure North Korea completely and irreversibly will eliminate their nuclear weapons and capacity to create more; and will end their ballistic missile program. There must be a clear and comprehensive roadmap for ensuring North Korea does not cheat and renege on their promises, like they have in the past. There must be a commitment by Kim Jong Un to respect the human rights of his people before the United States ends economic sanctions.