Illinois lawmakers are weighing in after the conclusion of a historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.
“Maximum pressure is wasted when we settle for minimal results," said U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). "The Trump Administration’s announcement that the United States will suspend joint military exercises with South Korea – which the Commander-in-Chief insultingly described as ‘very provocative’ – without any concrete promises or plans to achieve verifiable denuclearization, is disappointing and offensive to our Armed Forces and our allies in the region. We should expect much more from our leaders.”
"It is better for the leaders of nations with nuclear weapons to exchange positive words than hurl insults. But the meeting in Singapore did not produce an agreement, nor any credible plan to remove the nuclear threat from the Korean Peninsula. The press opportunity has passed. Now the American people and our allies deserve serious negotiations and results," said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
“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," said U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon).