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Portman hopes summit helps end North Korean nuclear threat

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President of the United States and North Korea Leader are both in Singapore preparing for their historic summit on Tuesday. President of the United States and North Korea Leader are both in Singapore preparing for their historic summit on Tuesday.

President of the United States and North Korea Leader are both in Singapore preparing for their historic summit on Tuesday.

President Trump arriving Sunday night, Singapore time, after leaving the G-7 summit in Canada.  Kim Jong Un landed a few hours earlier and meet with the Singapore's prime minister and thanked the country for hosting the summit.  President Trump hopes to win a legacy-making deal with the North to give up their nuclear weapons, though he has recently sought to manage expectations, saying that it may take more than one meeting. Ohio Senator Rob Portman said he is glad that the two leaders are talking, and that he hopes that this summit will help increase the transparency of the North Korean nuclear program and ultimately the denuclearization of the country.

Sen. Rob Portman told Your Hometown Stations, “The goal has to be to get North Korea to give up their ambitions to be a nuclear power.   That is what the international community has been focused on.  We should not take off the maximum pressure campaign, that is what it is called what we are doing now, I think that got them to the table until they agree to give up their weapons.  Because that is what is so frightening to not just us, but the South Koreans, Japanese, everybody in the region and indeed the world now.  Because they have this missile technology to be able to deliver these weapons at a great distance and even perhaps to our shores.”

This will be the first summit of its kind between a leader of North Korea and a sitting U.S. president. The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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