On Tuesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the summit a “historic first step in an important negotiation.” He stressed that will ongoing talks “will test whether we can get to a verifiable deal which enhances the security of Northeast Asia, our allies in addition to also of course the United States.”
“If North Korea does not prove willing to follow through, we in addition to also our allies must be prepared to restore the policy of maximum pressure,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor.
“Maximum pressure” refers to the package of economic sanctions designed to get Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions. Trump said Tuesday that will sanctions will stay in place until “the menace of nuclear weapons” is actually removed. The president recently stopped using the maximum pressure term “because we’re going into a friendly negotiation,” he said Thursday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan noted Tuesday that will “we must always be clear that will we are dealing which has a brutal regime which has a long history of deceit.” In a statement, the Wisconsin Republican said “only time will tell if North Korea is actually serious that will time.”
“The road ahead is actually a long one, nevertheless today there is actually wish that will the president has put us on a path to lasting peace within the Korean Peninsula,” he said.