tv U.S. Senate Sen. Markeys Reaction to North Korea Deal CSPAN June 12, 2018 9:13pm-9:25pm EDT
free world and a steadfast alliance with allies we can overcome whatever challenge north korea rose at the world the singapore powwow is the beginning of a realization for north korea that they must be denuclearization to move forward as a peaceful nation ards the president to be strong good courage and bold to deal with kim we are on a path toward the a precedent agreement in the united states must not waver with complete verifiable irreversible denuclearization with north korea and that is just the way it is. i yield back. >> the senator from massachusetts. >> mr. president i come to the floor today to raise my concerns over the outcome of the summit between the united states and north korea. now after witnessing rhetoric from both sides and the unexpected turn to dlomacy by president trump and kim
jung-un by all accounts was a very welcome development. as there is noo military solution k to the north korea nuclear crisis i was pleased to see direct engagement and i have long advocated for this approach. however i am concerned that the agreent si this morning doesn't address the threats challees we face. first the text of the statement was the most vague and least detailed and then he signed by north korea over the past three decades. despite the claims to the contrary president trump got a weaker deal with fewer commitments than any of his predecessors. knowingex that it did not explain what completes of the koreanon peninsula means.
kim jung-un he could easily interpret the language to mean he will only relinquish his new there weapons once the ited states does the same. after all history shows us that north korea interprets the korean peninsula meaning the peninsula. capable of by contrast previous agreements were much more stringent and in t declaration signed by dorothy south korea included conditions such as south and north korea shall not test manufacturer produce possess store deploy or use nuclear weapons and shall not possess processing and nuclear enrichment facilities unfortunately neither of those commitments appears in the
latest agreement. the language instead worries me as administration must have realized this agreement was not as strong as the previous one it appears it was unable to convince north korea to adopt tougher or more detailed commitments. we should takeea the hint that they have not yet felt the pressure necessary to compel it to accept our definition of denuclearization where the kim regime relinquishes the nuclear weapons and its means to produce more. it aears kim jung-un having stockpiled a wide range of illicit and range of weapons feels he is negotiating from a position o of strength rather than weakness and while the trump administration says it imposed maximum pressure the truth is that we have not met
yet reached that level to be called maximum pressure. north korea must understand even if china eases the pressure they are ready to t step to ghten the screws on the north korea economy as president trump appearsha a secr to agreeing to curtail the joint military exercises with south koreans president trumpng let kim jung-un dictate our military activities with other countries by proclaiming that our exercises are provocative he has adopted the north korea propaganda by proclaiming they are expensive he showed he does not grasp our alliance commitments. yes some military exercises are costly but as any business
person should know the more important indicator is value if the high cost is outweighed by greater benefits than we should be willing to pay the cost our military exercises improve the readinesss of rcoeter and if cessary defeat north korean aggression.or will it be deterred without the u.s. with those forces standing shoulder to shoulder? that was telling and regrettableic that they needed to issue a statement asking the trump administration to the comment about military exercises and it seems that they weresu not consulted and our presence in the region which is help to keep peace and stability for
decades made the sacrifice. the trump administration may have uit given a green light to china to pursue more aggressive actions in the region. i have been warning we must watch out for the old kim family playbook used throughout the clinton bush obama administrations the playbook was on the field yet again last night and president trump fell for all of the plays. as in the past north korea showed it is trying to frontload the rewards and delay ncessions as indicated from the post summit statement from the china foreign industry w beyond virginia and beijing already appear to be working together to remove sanctions despite the lack of
tangible evidence of denuclearization. number two from the family playbook use a sleight-of-hand to make irrelevant actions seem meaningfule byupposedly demolishing the nuclear test site and north korea claims it has made real h progress despite not destroying a single warhead missile. number three, exploit ambiguity the trump campus so vague and has no clear requirements on north korea. we should want reconciliation not repetition of what has happened decade after decade when the kim family uses the playbook to delay concessions while front and loading the rewards.
we can all agree the plan with uranium enrichment that eliminates the ballistic missile program that permissibly dismantles all the chemical and biological weapons that implements a program with a strong verification regime. suspend eliminate and remove and verify every single step of the way and most of us agree on what the deal should look like but the trick is to figure out how to get there and the hard workies ahead to successfully navigate. number one do not sell out our allies. we must not allow north korea to bleed to the framework serving as the foundation and thathe it anything other than
shakable and unfortunately south korea seem to be caught offguard by the announcement on military exercises. number two do not prematurely release the pressure valve the chief enabler, china is already easing pressure are on -- pressure on north korea already becoming more abundant in china despite being banned by the c united nations security council resolutions and the chinese foreign ministry suggested makingst adjustments to existing sanctions on north korea. if china wants to be taken seriously and be responsible glob power it cannot enforce sanctions of serial violators like north korea. and if north korea backs lies at any point they need to cut
off all exploits to the north korean regime that is everyday from c and numberhree the nuclear warheads and other dangerous weapons in the delivery systems are real threat administration must not call for those the asterix and false concessions as we cannot afford to be sidetracked. after all nothing wld sto north korea from conducting another nuclear missile test if it even believes the warheads and missiles need more testing. number four the american diplomatic capability and infrastructure diplomacy is a team sport and a matter what commitments leaders make to be well staffed and resourceti
diplomatic corps that it becomes a reality. the statee department must have the resources it needs to conduct american form policy around the glo and the outcome of the summit clearly indicates how much we need t carr diplomats and technical experts and also come to congress to achieve ati lasting solution but the trump administration must work with congress to shape the contours of any future deal. and any final agreement should be a treaty ratified by the united states senate to i increase the shelf life. but the principles like this without a clear understanding of the previous diplomatic efforts with north korea, we could fail. and then to successfully reduce the threat that we face
because the threats from north korea are significant unlike nuclear programs of other countries north korea already has nuclear warheads and ballistic t missiles to deliver th cast a shadow over our allies of south korea and japan and beyond yang in a brutly repressive to torture and kill its own citizens. so we must address the myriad of threats and as it turns out to negotiate with north korea is harder than theso president thought we must continue to squeeze the regime so it cannot access the resources to maintain or expand its military capabilities. after all the combination of direct engagement backed by pressure is the only solution to the north korean threat to the united states and our