WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement on the summit with North Korea:

“I have long called for a direct dialogue between our two countries. I have also supported the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un with the goal of achieving a peaceful solution that includes North Korea giving up its nuclear weapons. I am hopeful that the negotiations can achieve these goals. In the past, however, North Korea has used talks to stall while continuing its nuclear and missile programs, and empty promises cannot buy any more time.   

“For nearly 18 months I worked to help secure the release of Otto Warmbier.  Nearly one year ago, I joined Fred and Cindy Warmbier in Cincinnati as they welcomed Otto home from North Korea, and it’s a constant reminder to me about the evil nature of this regime. Following this historic summit I remain skeptical but hopeful that this new dialogue can translate into meaningful progress.  I strongly believe that the president’s maximum pressure campaign must remain in place until North Korea truly changes course and ends its dangerous nuclear weapons program.”