Pompeo: US hopes for 'major' North Korea nuclear disarmament by 2020

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae-In said on Thursday the world had escaped the threat of war after this week's Singapore summit, echoing U.S. President Donald Trump's upbeat assessment of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Mr Trump's cost reasoning for halting the exercises was "ridiculous".

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said the two leaders "shared recognition to the effect that it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula". "I said to myself, 'Wouldn't it be better if they were here?'" "Has Kim fully disclosed his WMD inventory and what concessions is he asking for to take significant and verifiable steps toward denuclearization?" Forty percent say the former real estate developer should take the most credit, followed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in with 11 percent.

"I wonder if he's done a news conference", Mr Trump mused aloud before wishing us good luck with the 26-hour flight ahead (we clocked in at 23 hours and 7 minutes).

Pompeo said a day earlier he would like to accomplish major nuclear disarmament in North Korea within Trump's current term.

News that Kim did not utter North Korea's usual claim has started raising hopes among Japanese government officials that there may be room to resume bilateral negotiations with Pyongyang. -South Korea military exercises, making clear to the North Korean leader that those exercises will resume if Pyongyang negotiates in bad faith.

KCNA also reported that Trump pledged to lift punishing sanctions on North Korea over the course of negotiations, despite Trump's pledge in Singapore that "the sanctions will come off when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor". Trump later commented that he believed he will have a "terrific relationship" with Kim and that the pair had enjoyed a "fantastic meeting".

Mr. DeTrani, meanwhile, highlighted the overall progress at hand.

Seeking to quell concerns that North Korea and the USA interpreted the talks differently, Pompeo said, "I am confident that [North Koreans] understand what we're prepared to do".

"It's one thing not to like the media", Blitzer said. We have 32,000 soldiers in South Korea. But big, joint U.S. "North Korea has great potential for the future!"

"We've never given that in because it's been our right, and it means readiness for our troops", he said.

"At some point, I have to be honest. And they're not ready if they can not exercises".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, as he arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on Wednesday. "Is this forever, or while the talks or going on, just for next month?"

Pompeo also said he anticipates the U.S. would next speak to North Korean officials "fairly quickly after we return to our home countries", adding that he was "very confident" that some form of engagement between the two sides would take place in the next week.

Critics said the unprecedented encounter between Kim and Trump was more style than substance, producing a document short on specifics about the key issue of Pyongyang's atomic weapons.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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