GOP senator wants to see more from North Korea before a meeting

GOP senator wants to see more from North Korea before a meeting

Republican Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerMcConnell calls for Senate hearings on Russia sanctions GOP seeks separation from Trump on Russia Republican bill aims to deter NATO members from using Russian pipeline MORE (Colo.) said Sunday that he wants to see more from North Korea before talks over its nuclear program. 

“I’d like to see come concrete steps. More than just a cessation of testing,” Gardner told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Gardner said the United States needs additional information about how North Korea will denuclearize before any meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpWSJ: Trump ignored advice to confront Putin over indictments Trump hotel charging Sean Spicer ,000 as book party venue Bernie Sanders: Trump 'so tough' on child separations but not on Putin MORE and Kim Jong Un.

“What we need to see is North Korea actually living up to some of the agreements,” he said.

Trump said last week that he would meet face-to-face with Kim. It would be the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

Trump last year vowed to destroy North Korea should it provoke the United States and has repeatedly invoked the “Rocket Man” moniker to refer to Kim.

Gardner last year called on Trump to "ratchet up pressure" on North Korea ahead of the president's inauguration. He also criticized the Obama administration for its approach to North Korea's aggression.

“That is why I urge the Trump administration to immediately pursue and implement a full range of economic and criminal unilateral sanctions on any entity that violates North Korea sanctions,” Gardner wrote in an op-ed for CNN.