Pompeo Seeks 'Credible' North Korean Steps Toward Denuclearization

Pompeo Seeks 'Credible' North Korean Steps Toward Denuclearization

"The American people are counting on us to get this right", Pompeo said in his opening remarks for a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. Trump indicated he believes the meeting will take place, but left open the possibility it would be delayed or even cancelled if a fruitful outcome doesn't seem likely.

A presidential Blue House official in Seoul also told reporters a North Korea security guarantee is the "only way" to relieve North Korean anxiety over complete denuclearization.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on June 12 on Singapore, although on Tuesday at the White House Trump said there is a "substantial chance" the summit might not happen, after a recent series of complaints from North Korea over certain aspects of joint exercises and comments from national security adviser John Bolton.

The North's eleventh-hour decision to allow the South Koreans to join came just after Trump met South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington to try to keep the Kim-Trump summit from going off the rails.

Yoon Young-chan, senior secretary for public relations, said Moon assured Trump of North Korea's honest intentions, Seoul Economic Daily reported Wednesday.

But there has been increasing pessimism about the meeting after North Korea scrapped the inter-Korean talks and threatened to do the same for the Kim-Trump summit in protest of the South Korea-U.S. military drills and what it calls Washington's push for "one-sided" disarmament. "But if we make a deal, I think Kim Jong-un is going to be very, very happy".

The group includes an Associated Press Television crew.

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Pompeo also touched on an issue that was once central to the administration's campaign of "maximum pressure" on North Korea, but has been rarely mentioned by USA officials since Trump agreed to the summit: human rights.

"The kid has been trying to make a deal with America for three years".

The former Central Intelligence Agency director, who has met twice with Kim since the start of April, told the committee that it's his hope that when Trump and Kim confer "we can get the North Koreans to make this strategic shift about how best to serve the country - that the nuclear weapons program isn't in fact the thing that keeps the regime in power, but the thing that prevents the regime from being in a place it wants to be with economic success".

"That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim", he said.

"He asked for the meeting, the president agreed to meet with him", Pompeo said.

Visiting Washington, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that if the United States seeks peace with North Korea and wants to make history, "now is the time" for the two countries' leaders to hold their first-ever summit. He said they had discussed their mutual goals for the talks.

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