Read Elizabeth Warren’s statement on Donald Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un

"I want to see the President succeed, but a handshake is no substitute for a binding, verifiable deal."

Senator Elizabeth Warren during the Massachusetts Democratic 2018 State Convention in Worcester, MA on June 01, 2018
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, during the Massachusetts Democratic convention in Worcester earlier this month. –Craig F. Walker / The Boston Globe

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she is rooting for President Donald Trump to succeed in his negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. However, she isn’t making any proclamations after Tuesday’s historic summit.

“A handshake is no substitute for a binding, verifiable deal,” Warren said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

The Massachusetts Democrat, who has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Trump administration, said that “success will be judged on whether it can eliminate Kim’s nuclear weapons and verify they are gone.” The Republican president’s “photo op” with the notorious dictator is only the beginning of a long process that will require further diplomacy and collaboration with the United States’ allies, she said:

“Yesterday’s photo op doesn’t change the fact that a nuclear-armed North Korea is a threat to the security of the United States, our allies, and the world. Generations of North Korean leaders have made and broken promises before — this Administration’s success will be judged on whether it can eliminate Kim’s nuclear weapons and verify they are gone. We’re at the beginning of a diplomatic process that will require patience, experience, and close coordination with our allies. I want to see the President succeed, but a handshake is no substitute for a binding, verifiable deal.”

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Warren’s statement aligns with a recent letter sent by top Senate Democrats insisting that any deal to relieve sanctions on North Korea must be dependent on the complete dismantlement of the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs — a hardline tack that has been criticized by some in the party’s progressive wing.

Trump and Kim signed a joint statement Tuesday that — while short on details — committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and said the two nations would hold “follow-on negotiations.”

Warren visited the region in March and has called on the Trump administration to keep Congress informed on its negotiations with North Korea.