Congressman Solarz was the first U.S. Congressman to visit Pyongyang since the Korean War. "What emerged most clearly from my discussions with Kim II Sung and Kim Young Nam [a Politburo member] is the extent to which the reunification of Korea is not only the major object of North Korea, but the primary touchstone against which different policies and proposals for resolving the Korean problem are evaluated. The commitment on the part of both Kims to reunification was not just verbal but visceral." Solarz favors increasing contacts between individual Americans and North Koreans in order to expose the North Koreans to other points of view, but he opposes official contacts in the absence of similar moves by China and Russia toward Seoul.