June 21, 2018

Castro Releases Podcast Episode on Questions Remaining Post-Singapore

Second Episode of “Diplomatic Cable” Features Former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken

WASHINGTON—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and First Vice Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today released a Diplomatic Cable episode on questions remaining after the historic United States-North Korea denuclearization meeting in Singapore, post G7 meeting fallout, the prospects for a looming trade war, and Russia’s nefarious behavior.  

The episode is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play.

“The historic summit between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un wrapped up and a lot of questions still remain. The established agreement in its current form lacks any detailed framework and timeline for complete, verifiable, and irreversible dismantlement of North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program, lacks any mention of Pyongyang’s abysmal human rights record, and conceded commitments to our allies South Korea and Japan that cannot and should not be negotiated away,” said Rep. Castro. “This episode, featuring former Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, attempts to answer these questions in addition to the fallout after the G7 summit, the looming trade war as the Administration continues to blankly slap on tariffs, and the President’s desire to protect Russia at all costs on the world stage.”

Future episodes of the Diplomatic Cable will include discussions with Former Under Secretary for Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, Former Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasian Affairs and former Ambassador to NATO Ambassador Victoria Nuland, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass, Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the United States Department of State Nick Burns, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), and many other experts, practitioners, Members of Congress and American citizens. Episodes will focus on Russia’s interference in our election, repercussions of U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the consequences of a rising china, the crisis in American diplomacy and development, U.S.-Latin America relations under the Trump Administration and many more issues.

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