Dem Rep: Trump meeting with Kim could help prevent ‘catastrophic war’

Dem Rep: Trump meeting with Kim could help prevent ‘catastrophic war’
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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Thursday night that a planned meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be “a good first step to preventing a catastrophic war."

“Since the US has exactly zero good military options against North Korea, this meeting between Kim Jong Un and @realDonaldTrump could be a good first step to preventing a catastrophic war,” Lieu tweeted.


Lieu's comments came shortly after South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-Yong announced that Trump will meet with Kim Jong Un by May, and that North Korea has agreed to abandon its nuclear program.

“Kim Jong Un said that he’s committed to denuclearization. Kim pledged that North Korea would refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests,” he said, adding that the North Korean leader has expressed “eagerness” to meet with Trump.

Members of the Trump administration have previously said they’d be willing to hold talks with North Korea, but that they would remain focused on getting Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear program.

U.S. officials have approached the possibility of talks with caution, and expressed skepticism that Kim Jong Un is sincere about ending his nuclear program.

Tensions escalated last year between North Korea and the U.S. after Trump labeled Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man,” and warned that the U.S. would be willing to “totally destroy” North Korea, while the North Korean leader reportedly called Trump a "dotard."

However, the rhetoric has softened in recent months. Asked on Tuesday at a joint press conference with the Swedish prime minister what he thinks changed North Korea's mind about engaging in talks, Trump said, “me.”