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Cole Statement on Diplomatic Summit with North Korean Regime

February 28, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un concluded in Hanoi, Vietnam. On behalf of the United States, President Trump did not agree to a proposed deal with the North Korean regime.

“I commend President Trump and his diplomatic team for their performance at the recent summit between the U.S. and North Korea,” said Cole. “Clearly progress has been made on a number of critical areas. However, when a deal couldn’t be reached with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump was wise to walk away but commit to continue working on the issues.

“There is no question that America’s engagement with North Korea has made the world a safer place. Since talks with the North Korean regime began, there have been no signs of nuclear testing or missile launches. Moreover, the remains of American soldiers lost during the Korean War have been repatriated and American hostages returned. That would not have happened had President Trump not engaged with the North Koreans.

“I encourage President Trump to continue this dialogue and yet always remain wary of lifting sanctions without significant progress in denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Given his performance to date, there is no doubt the president will continue to defend and advance the interests of the United States in any future discussions. “