Pompeo: US Hopes for Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Within 2.5 Years

Pompeo: US Hopes for Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Within 2.5 Years

Pompeo: US Hopes for Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Within 2.5 Years

After holding the historic summit with DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un, U.S. President Donald Trump said in Singapore Tuesday that he would halt the U.S.

Trump's administration has also been criticized for saying North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, and that the country agreed to an intensive inspections program for their nuclear weapons, even though North Korea still has nuclear weapons and has not given any indication that they agreed to inspections.

Trump and Kim signed a joint statement after their Singapore meeting that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", mentioned an end to joint U.S.

Pompeo, speaking in South Korea after the summit, wouldn't budge on the possibility of sanctions coming off in phases, as both Mr. Trump and the North Koreans have suggested.

"The sequence will be different this time", the top USA diplomat told reporters at the joint press conference with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts in Seoul.

Gen. Kim Do-gyun, center, speaks to the media before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom to attend South and North Korea meeting, at the Office of the South Korea-North Korea Dialogue in Seoul, South Korea, today. "North Korea has great potential for the future!", he wrote.

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According CNN and BBC Monitoring, North Korean state TV has aired news of the summit across the country on Thursday.

The military talks had been initially slated for May, but were postponed after the North called off another planned high-level meeting in protest against U.S.

Bridling at a reporter who on Wednesday asked how the deal would be verified, Pompeo said: "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous".

In Washington on Wednesday, Trump, back from his first encounter with Kim, hailed the Singapore summit as a major win, declaring the DPRK no longer poses a nuclear threat.

"We have always sought the settlement of all problems around the Korean Peninsula", Putin said.

Kim agreed to the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula", a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing United States demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a "verifiable" and "irreversible" way. That was interpreted as meaning the USA would grant concessions to North Korea concessions along the way despite longstanding United States insistence that it would not. "It has been 25 years since the North Korean nuclear issue popped up and there has been many, many diplomatic efforts and consultations and the Six Party talks, and it didn't go anywhere".

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