Different approaches to Iran and North Korea nuclear deals

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches for North Korea leader Kim Jong Un after they signed documents at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (SBG) - Following his historic summit with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump told the world, "The letter that we're signing is very comprehensive.”

On Capitol Hill, many lawmakers are now proceeding with caution.

"I hope that he gives up his nuclear weapons in a verifiable way and it all works out, but I also think it's important for us to be cautious about what such a deal would be. It has to be real,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

In the days leading up to the meeting, a group of Democrats laid out a list of goals they urged President Trump to pursue, including ending the enrichment of uranium for military programs, “anywhere anytime” inspections of all sites and, finally, that a deal must be permanent in nature.

On ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talked about the letter.

“I wish they had sent such a letter to President Obama regarding the Iranian nuclear efforts. But I embrace this letter. It’s a very tough thing to accomplish,” he said.

Those who signed the letter include Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

“At least with Iran there was inspection, there was international cooperation, there was an opening,” Leahy said.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., also spoke about his concerns regarding a deal with North Korea.

“I just want to make sure that the president has the same standards with North Korea, where there actually is a state with nuclear weapons, unlike Iran, where we stopped that country from moving towards nuclear weapons,” he said.

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