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Senior Senate Democrats on Sunday demanded that President Donald Trump’s second summit with North Korean leader
Kim Jong Un “demonstrate tangible, verifiable progress on denuclearization and reducing tensions” with the rogue state,
and urged the president to “execute a serious diplomatic plan” when the two leaders come face to face in Vietnam this week.
“As strong advocates for a diplomatic pathway to resolve the North Korea threat, we still believe there is a path forward for
tough and principled diplomacy to secure, monitor, and verify the denuclearization of North Korea,” the lawmakers wrote
in a letter.

The missive to the White House was signed by eight high-ranking Democratic senators, some with national security
leadership posts in the chamber, including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, Minority Whip Dick Durbin of
Illinois, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Robert Menendez of New
Jersey, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Mark Warner of Virginia.

“We hope,“ the lawmakers wrote, “you will execute a serious diplomatic plan, which includes a sequenced process to
verifiably freeze and roll back North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs in conjunction with continued
appropriate sanctions and other pressure; a robust deterrence posture; strengthened alliances; intensified diplomatic and
economic engagement; and a deepening of North-South dialogue that over time can provide the pathway to full
denuclearization and a durable peace agreement.“

They added: “We believe your next meeting with Kim thus must demonstrate tangible, verifiable progress on
denuclearization and reducing tensions with the North.“

The Democrats criticized the president’s June 2018 summit in Singapore with Kim, arguing that the historic meeting granted
“legitimacy and acceptance on the global stage” to the “leader of perhaps the world’s most repressive regime.” Trump was
the first American president to meet with a leader of North Korea, which has technically been at war with South Korea
since 1950 (though a truce exists).

Since that first conclave, the lawmakers said they “remain concerned” following Director of National Intelligence Dan
Coats’ testimony before Congress last month that North Korea is not likely to surrender its nuclear weapons.

“We currently assess that North Korea will seek to retain its [weapons of mass destruction] capabilities and is unlikely to
completely give up its nuclear weapons and production capabilities because its leaders ultimately view nuclear weapons as
critical to regime survival," Coats told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee — breaking with Trump’s assessment
that the U.S. is making progress in its efforts to get North Korea to yield.

The senators also requested from the White House “a process for regular and substantive briefings, including classified
briefings” on diplomatic operations regarding North Korea, writing that Congress “has an important role to play in working
with the administration to shape U.S. policy toward” Kim’s government.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet in Hanoi on Wednesday and Thursday. The president first announced plans for a
new round of talks in Vietnam to further negotiations on getting rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons during last month’s
State of the Union address before Congress.

“Chairman Kim realizes, perhaps better than anyone else, that without nuclear weapons, his country could fast become one
of the great economic powers anywhere in the World,” Trump tweeted on Sunday morning. “Because of its location and
people (and him), it has more potential for rapid growth than any other nation!”

Approximately an hour before the Senate Democrats released their letter on Sunday afternoon, Trump posted another
message online: “So funny to watch people who have failed for years, they got NOTHING, telling me how to negotiate
with North Korea. But thanks anyway!”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said that North Korea remains a nuclear threat to the U.S., but added that he is
“hopeful” about the results the Hanoi summit will yield.

“I am hopeful that when President Trump and Chairman Kim get together, they’ll make a big step toward realizing what
Chairman Kim promised. He promised he’d denuclearized. We hope he’ll make a big step towards that in the week ahead,”
Pompeo told host Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union.

Pressed on what type of concession Trump is seeking heading into discussions with Kim, Pompeo said: “I don’t want to get
into the details of what’s being proposed, what the offers and counteroffers may be. But it will a demonstrable, verifiable
step is something that I know President Trump is very focused on achieving.”