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Direct talks between US-North Korea indicate peace

Tulsi Gabbard

The direct talks between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un in Singapore (June 12) were historic—and the first step on a peaceful path to denuclearizing North Korea. The people of Hawai‘i have known for a long time how serious the North Korean nuclear threat is and what is at stake. That's why these talks are so important. But these talks were just the opening—now we have to make sure that the follow-through occurs.

Here's what we know:

- South and North Korea have made historic diplomatic progress toward peace and denuclearization in the past several months.
- Defense Secretary Mattis is on the record saying that a conflict with North Korea would result in terrible casualties on both sides.
- North Korea signed an agreement with the United States yesterday (June 12) committing to “complete denuclearization.”
- But the agreement lacked critical details on exactly how complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization would occur. There is tough work that must be done to accomplish this.

I introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting diplomacy and direct talks between the US and North Korea. [We want people to continue to support diplomacy in the pursuit of peace?]

Many have criticized these talks in the weeks and months leading up to them, saying that Kim Jong-Un does not deserve to meet with our president, or that the talks are futile because denuclearization of North Korea is impossible.

They clearly do not understand the seriousness of North Korea's nuclear threat to the American people or what is at stake. The people of Hawai‘i certainly do, which is why it's so important that we be willing to meet with anyone, even those who are not our friends, to further the cause of peace.

The nuclear crisis between the US and North Korea did not come about overnight. This is an issue that administrations from both parties have failed to address, which has led to the present-day nuclear threat from North Korea to the people of Hawai‘i and this country.

Unfortunately, there are still people who are trying to make this a partisan issue. It cannot be—the stakes are too great. We must come together to support our nation on this path toward peace by striking a deal that will ensure the complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

It's the voices of the American people that are needed to help see this deal through. Add your name as a citizen cosponsor of my resolution supporting direct talks to denuclearize North Korea and keep our country and the world safe.

We have an opportunity to achieve peace through diplomacy and avert a massive war. In the interest of peace and humanity, let's stand together and rally for our country's success in these denuclearization talks and make the world a safer place.

[Tulsi Gabbard is a very active Congresswoman from Hawaii.]