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Sen. Cory Gardner: Trump Won't Meet Kim Jong Un Without Promises Kept

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:31 PM

President Donald Trump is under fire for saying he'd be willing to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but that meeting would never would happen as long as Kim continues with his threats and refusal to live up to the promises he's made, Sen. Cory Gardner said Wednesday.

"I think he said under the right conditions, if he drops the missile program, lives up to promises he made over the years to multiple U.S. presidents, [both] Republican and Democrats, that's something he could entertain," the Colorado Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. 

However, he continued, it's a "bad idea" to meet with Kim unless he fulfills the promises he's made, as "this is a rogue regime, a madman in Pyongyang. It would be unacceptable to meet with him under those conditions."

Some experts have said that Trump's words calling Kim a "smart cookie" may have been a form of flattery that's a strategic way to get Kim to reach out. However, Gardner said, "most people agree Kim Jong Un is a whack job."

"This guy is willing to use and threaten his neighbor, South Korea, home to 300,000 Americans, to reduce Japan to rubble," said Gardner. "This is a crazed maniac at the helm of one of the world's nuclear regimes, trying to become a nuclear regime.

"We shouldn't be in a position of flattery, be in a position to try to honor him,by bringing him into a conversation with the United States until he meets those obligations and promises."

The situation with North Korea is a serious one, said Gardner, agreeing with Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Command, who last week told the Senate Armed Services Committee that that the crisis with North Korea is at the worst point he's ever seen.

"They have described the situation on the Korean Peninsula at its most unstable point since the end of the Korean War, armistice signed in 1953," said Gardner. "That is not a good situation. [Kim] learns from every failure he makes. He's desperately trying to place that nuclear warhead on a missile and land it in the United States.

"It's a very serious situation. It's why we need a strong show of force. Why we need to push China to stand up and do more. That's why we continue to build our alliance with Japan and South Korea."

Gardner said the United States can push China financially to pressure North Korea into backing down.

"There are financial institutions in China that are doing business illegally under our sanctions at least with North Korea," said Gardner, pointing out that sanctions brought Iran to the bargaining table and could be used to pressure China as well.

"There are businesses importing coal outside of the allowances under the United Nations Security Council resolutions and under our sanctions," he said.

The goal, Gardner continued, is to have a peaceful denuclearization of North Korea, but there are "plenty of diplomacy and diplomatic options left. Deployment of missile defenses in South Korea is a critical part of that. We should be doing more."

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