Local leaders react to historic Trump-Kim summit

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(WPRI) — Rhode Island lawmakers are weighing in after President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met for the first time in Singapore for a momentous summit.

The summit came to a close Tuesday morning, but the two said more meetings will be planned to discuss further.

Congressman Jim Langevin released a statement following the summit, saying he is worried that Kim and Trump may not keep their word:

“The Korean peninsula has been unsettled for more than half a century, and we must pursue every opportunity for lasting peace. However, while this was an historic meeting, the President has left Singapore short on details and long on promises. Both the President and Kim have a history of failing to honor their commitments, so we need to see verifiable, concrete steps if we are to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula. I worry, too, about the President’s disturbing pattern of alienating our allies and advancing the interests of our adversaries, especially one as brutal as the North Korean regime. I hope for the success of continued dialogue, but it is far from clear that today’s summit was anything more than another of North Korea’s publicity stunts.”

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said in a statement that the United States has to make sure alliances with South Korea and Japan do not suffer because of the pledges made at the summit. He also said it’s too early to determine if the Trump-Kim summit “was a success or failure:”

“Given the lack of details we have right now, a careful review of any security assurances or agreement to denuclearize are needed to make sure they align with the best interests of the American people and our long-term security.  We must also not lose sight of the horrendous human rights record and atrocities using other weapons of mass destruction committed by the North Korean regime.

Any agreement must ensure that North Korea is verifiably living up to its obligations. However, it is worth noting that the complete, verifiable, irreversible disarmament of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal would require cooperation and involvement from the international community.  And President Trump’s tendency to alienate our loyal allies and undermine the strength of democratic partnerships does not bode well for achieving that goal.”

Reed said “only time will tell” if the summit will lead to historic changes.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse also released a statement in regards to the summit, hoping Kim will honor his commitments unlike previous North Korean leaders:

“A path to denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is welcome, but the announcement President Trump and Chairman Kim made leaves many questions unanswered.  All of the items listed in the announcement have been echoed by past North Korean leaders.  I hope we can progress beyond this list to a meaningful accord that yields lasting peace.”

Congressman David Cicilline took to Twitter following the summit saying “not much is different” from what they originally agreed upon:

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