U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., issued a statement on today's meeting between U.S. and North Korean leaders:
"I want this diplomatic effort to succeed because North Korea poses a grave and growing threat to the U.S., to our allies in the region, and to American troops in South Korea and Japan. North Korea is the one in violation of international law, not the U.S. or its allies. Therefore, North Korea must take verifiable steps to completely eliminate its nuclear weapons program before the U.S. provides meaningful economic, diplomatic or security concessions—and any concession should be made in close consultation with our allies. North Korea has made big promises in the past, and broken them. I, as much as anyone, hope this time will be different."
Murphy is a co-chair of the House Democratic National Security Task Force, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, and previously worked as a national security specialist for the Department of Defense.