Donnelly: Progress Toward North Korean Denuclearization is Laudable but must be Independently Verifiable

Senator concerned about president’s announcement that U.S. plans to halt joint military exercises with South Korea

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement in Singapore regarding North Korean denuclearization:

Donnelly said, “Progress toward reducing the nuclear threat from North Korea is laudable, but the details moving forward will be critically important. While I look forward to learning more specifics about the president’s diplomacy with Kim Jong Un, it is imperative that any meaningful steps toward North Korea’s denuclearization include the independent and verifiable declaration and dismantling of its nuclear and missile facilities. I am also concerned about the president’s announcement that he plans to stop joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises, as these efforts are central to assuring the security of our allies in the region, and I will be actively seeking details on this front. Only by working together with our allies across the region, and by maintaining effective economic sanctions on North Korea as long as the nuclear threat persists, can we make Hoosier families and all Americans safer.”