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Johnson Encourages President Trump to Take Up President Carter on His North Korea Offer

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Washington, March 8, 2019 | Ben Keeler (330.337.6951) | comments
Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after learning former President Jimmy Carter offered to visit North Korea and attempt to make more progress between the United States and North Korea:
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Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement after learning former President Jimmy Carter offered to visit North Korea and attempt to make more progress between the United States and North Korea:

It’s undeniable that over the past year, President Trump has made tremendous strides regarding the decades-long, dangerous situation in North Korea – a situation he inherited from many previous administrations of both political parties. The process is moving slowly, but we’ve seen tangible results, including no further nuclear weapons testing from Kim Jong Un, and the return of  remains of American soldiers from the Korean War. But, we can all agree that there is more work to be done. My colleague from California, Ro Khanna, met in person with President Carter yesterday when the former President made his offer. Maybe it will work, or maybe it won’t, but it’s worth trying. Although President Carter has been critical of President Trump on other issues, I commend him for putting that aside to support President Trump’s efforts on this issue, and offering to travel to North Korea at age 94 to assist the ongoing dialogue between the two countries.

This is not an issue of Republicans or Democrats or left versus right; this is an issue of American national security, and is important to everyone. President Reagan once said, “There’s no limit to what a person can achieve if they don’t care who gets the credit.”  I don’t believe President Trump is looking for credit, he just wants to solve the problem.  And, I don’t care if President Carter gets credit - like most Americans, I care more about making additional progress towards world peace, stability in the region, and reducing or eliminating the nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula.  President Trump should seriously consider taking up President Carter on his offer.

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