Pompeo Tries to Clean Up Trump’s Messy Claims About North Korea Summit

Pompeo Tries to Clean Up Trump’s Messy Claims About North Korea Summit

VIDEO: North Korea's state-run TV has aired its first video from the historic summit between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Pompeo was in Seoul on Thursday to brief South Korean and Japanese officials on the summit, and while speaking to the press he tried to dispel the idea that Trump casually handed Kim a significant concession, suspending U.S.

But following a debriefing with Kang Kyung-wha, the South Korean foreign minister, and Taro Kono, her Japanese counterpart, Mr Pompeo told reporters that President Trump had been very clear with Kim that sanctions would only be addressed after "complete denuclearisation".

The US hopes to see "major disarmament" of nuclear-armed North Korea by the end of US President Donald Trump's first term in 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday.

TRUMP: "Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirms his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

The argument also allows Trump's political allies and supporters in conservative media to claim ahead of the midterm elections that the President has engineered a triumph overseas that was beyond all his predecessors and has made America and the world much safer.

Christopher Hill, chief US negotiator with North Korea in the George W. Bush administration, suggested in an interview that it's "a little premature" for Trump to say Kim is someone the USA can trust. "No longer - sleep well tonight!" -South Korean military exercises, and an American guarantee of the Kim regime's survival, Kim will have obtained all that he has sought while America could never be sure that Pyongyang was pursuing its nuclear weapons program in underground military bases that no inspector would be permitted to enter. Here is the essence of the statement: "The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations". Bush took a tougher stance toward North Korea, and the 1994 nuclear deal collapsed because of suspicions that the North was running a secret uranium program. Add North Korea as an interest to stay up to date on the latest North Korea news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

He said Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear programme. "We got to know each other well in a very confined period of time", he said.

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President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island in Singapore. Trump cast that decision as a cost-saving measure, but also called the exercises "inappropriate" while talks continue.

The details of how and when the North would denuclearize appear yet to be determined, as are the nature of the unspecified "protections" Trump is pledging to Kim and his government.

Watch above, via Fox News.

"China opts for the first one and has made such a decision, we hope the USA will make a wise choice and China on its part is prepared on all fronts", remarked Wang.

Observers say the document lacks substance, in particular on how denuclearisation would be achieved. It's unclear whether the president informed USA allies in the region of his plan to end the "war games", as he called them, prior to his declaration.

Reminiscent of a movie trailer, the film shows images of warplanes and artillery while a narrator suggests in English and Korean that "a new world can begin today, one of friendship, respect and goodwill".

Japan has reacted to Trump's plan to cancel military exercises with South Korea with concern, saying the drills are vital for East Asian security. The drill, held since the 1970s, usually takes place in August.

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