Sen. Charles Schumer, Sen. Robert Menendez

Jasper Colt-USA TODAY; Anthony Behar

Schumer, Menendez Express Reservations About North Korea Summit

June 04, 2018 - 2:54 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The nuclear summit with North Korea is scheduled for next week, but optimism about the discussions is being tempered by worries about potential U.S. concessions.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, Senate Democrats are concerned that President Donald Trump is going to get rolled during the anti-nuke talks.

“But if he tries to reach a deal with Kim Jong Un just for the sake of reaching a deal, and the agreement fails to live up to the principles we have laid out, then he'll have been bested at the negotiating table yet again,” said Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-New York).

Schumer has laid out five key elements. He said North Korea needs to dismantle all nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; uranium and plutonium enrichment must be ended; ballistic missile tests should be suspended; inspections have to be anywhere, anytime; and the deal must be permanent.

Meanwhile, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) wants to go beyond weapons.

"There's no sustainable long term solution of peace, security and stability if we ignore the Kim regime’s deplorable human rights records,” Menendez said.

Menendez said just any deal is not good enough – we need a good deal.