Sen. Risch: Second Trump-Kim summit to be another diplomatic success

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UPDATED 8:06 AM PT — Thursday, February 7, 2019

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch said he expects the second Trump-Kim summit to be a diplomatic success. In an interview Wednesday, The Idaho senator said he is hopeful that the upcoming meetings could end North Korea’s nuclear program.

Risch said last year’s summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un was a success, because it helped to avert the threat of nuclear war.

From left, OAS Special Representative Gustavo Tarre Briceno, Venezuelan opposition’s new envoy in Washington Carlos Vecchio, Chairman Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., listen to a question from a reporter at a news conference following a Senate Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He also denounced those who criticize the ongoing talks, saying diplomacy is always better than war. Risch urged all Americans to back President Trump’s effort to denuclearize North Korea.

“Every American should be behind this and wanting to see it succeed,” he stated. “My friends in the national media are just dying to call this a failure, and this is not a failure, this president needs to be given a lot of credit.”

Senator Risch acknowledged the progress in talks with Pyongyang have been slow, however, he stressed President Trump’s policies toward North Korea are heading in the right direction.

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