Biden: Trump has reduced US leverage with North Korea

Biden: Trump has reduced US leverage with North Korea
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump Biden: Presume the 'essence' of sexual assault accusations are 'real' Sanders, Warren ask whether there’s room for both in primary MORE on Tuesday criticized the results of President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying the president gave Kim “many sought-after wins up front without getting anything in return.”

Biden argued in a lengthy statement that the historic summit benefitted North Korea by giving Kim legitimacy and promising to ease economic sanctions while also halting U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises.

“We have reduced our leverage and signaled a weakening of our alliance in return for vague promises to begin nuclear negotiations—the same kind of promises that the North Korean regime has made to American presidents of both parties in the past—and broken repeatedly,” Biden said.


Biden sided with other critics of the summit, saying the agreement was “light on details” and gave too much to North Korea without securing anything for the U.S.

The former vice president also argued that the deal between Trump and Kim shows an inappropriate embracing of a dictator, and that it does not make the U.S. safer.

“While we should never refuse to speak with our adversaries, neither can we ignore the horrendous human rights abuses North Korea’s leaders perpetrate against their own people,” Biden said.

Trump met with Kim on Tuesday in Singapore, the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and sitting U.S. president.

The two leaders signed a document at the end of the summit promising that the U.S. would provide “security guarantees” for Pyongyang in exchange for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.

The document did not outline specific steps the U.S. would take to guarantee North Korea's security nor what Pyongyang would do to denuclearize.


Biden on Tuesday also hit Trump for failing to prepare for the summit, calling it "inexcusable."

Trump said Tuesday that he did not need notes to verify the contents of his meeting because he has “one of the great memories of all time.”

“By his own admission, the President did not prepare for the Singapore meeting—an inexcusable and irresponsible approach to a high-stakes negotiation,” Biden said. “Going forward, I hope that the President and his team will focus on what’s necessary for our safety and security—the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”