SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney and former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt are cautiously optimistic about the impending summit between the US and North Korea.
The longtime friends spoke after a BYU Management Society luncheon in Salt Lake City Tuesday.
North Korea released three US prisoners ahead of an unprecedented fact-to-face meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
The release is a sign of good-will from the secretive country. Mitt Romney said the idea of speaking with dictator Kim Jung Un offers hope and potential opportunity.
“You have a hard time trusting these individuals from North Korea but if we have a very significant verification process, that would be an enormous step forward,” Romney said.
It’s a situation that reminds former presidential cabinet member and Utah Governor Mike Leavitt of the historic Oslo Agreement between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Leavitt said he sat the peace treaty table in 1993.
“I am struck by the fact that progress is not made without people being able to make brave gambles. I think this is a brave gamble for our country and the world,” Leavitt said.
While not perfect, Leavitt said the agreement was a meaningful step forward.
Meanwhile, White House officials hope the upcoming summit will convince Kim Jung Un to get rid of nuclear weapons and engage in world-wide peace efforts.
Romney’s Republican challenger, Dr. Mike Kennedy said North Korea developments are outstanding. “I’m proud of the president and happy to stand with him in these successes he’s obtained,” Kennedy said.