For Immediate Release
April 27, 2018
Emily Latimer, (202) 604-2330
Washington, DC – Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Ted Yoho (FL-03) today introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting diplomatic negotiations to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula. The bipartisan resolution urges President Trump, Kim Jong-Un, and other regional leaders to exhaust all diplomatic options before any use of military force to de-nuclearize North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held historic diplomatic negotiations Friday, and negotiations between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are expected in the coming weeks.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said: “Nothing is more important to the American people than peace. Unfortunately, there are some calling for preconditions and delays to President Trump’s meeting with Chairman Kim. They clearly do not understand the urgency of the situation and the seriousness of the threat posed to the people of Hawai‘i and this country. We must build on the momentum of today’s historic summit, with President Trump and Kim Jong-Un’s upcoming meeting so that we may achieve denuclearization of North Korea, end the Korean War, and secure peace.”
Rep. Ted Yoho, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific said: “I welcome the President’s decision to negotiate the denuclearization of North Korea. This is clearly a sign that our campaign of pressure is working. As this resolution rightly states, we need to work with our partners towards the complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantling of North Korea’s illicit weapons programs. We will continue to support efforts to achieve this important goal.”
Background: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s resolution supports U.S. diplomatic efforts on the Korean Peninsula by:
- Welcoming the United States-North Korea summit which follows the South Korea-North Korea summit;
- Recognizing that the American people are committed to peace and support efforts toward diplomatic negotiations to ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea;
- Urging President Trump, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, and regional leaders to engage diplomatically to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and exhaust all non-military policy tools before any use of military force; and
- Urging President Trump, partner countries, and members of the United Nations to maintain a campaign of strong economic and diplomatic pressure until North Korea has completely, verifiable and irreversible dismantled all of its nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological weapons programs.