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Rep. Kinzinger Statement on the Singapore Summit

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Washington, June 12, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement after the conclusion of the President’s summit with North Korea.
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Washington, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) released the following statement after the conclusion of the President’s summit with North Korea:

“The United States is the most powerful country in the world with the greatest military in the world. The threats we have faced from North Korea have been provocations, and during the years of ‘leading from behind,’ the U.S. failed to remind our adversaries of the strengths and capabilities of our military, leaving us in a weakened position.

“I applaud President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for their work in seeking peace through democracy with North Korea. While time will tell what this summit will mean for U.S.-North Korea relations, we must not forget what brought us to this point. This Administration imposed heavy sanctions against North Korea and showed a credible military option. That pressure compelled the regime to reconsider, and led to a historic first meeting between the North Korean leader and the President of the United States.

“While I don’t believe we can ever trust a murderous dictator such as Kim Jong Un, I do believe this is a positive step towards a complete, verifiable, indefinite denuclearization of North Korea. We cannot concede any ground until we receive those assurances. And as we move forward, I encourage the President to work with Congress on the details and fine print before making any future deals with North Korea.”

 

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