Pompeo meets Japanese, South Korean allies after denuclearization talks with Pyongyang

Clay Curtis
July 8, 2018

Pompeo's visit to North Korea forced the United States to postpone a planned meeting of usa and Indian defense and foreign ministers, so expectations were high among Japanese and South Korean officials that Pompeo would meet with Kim Jong Un during the two-day visit.

And he said progress had been made towards agreeing "the modalities" of North Korea's destruction of a missile facility.

"We talked about what the North Koreans are continuing to do and how it's the case that we can get our arms around achieving what Chairman Kim and President Trump both agreed to, which is the complete denuclearisation of North Korea", Mr. Pompeo said.

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When a reporter asked Pompeo if he brought up satellite images seeming to suggest some nuclear facilities are expanding, the Secretary of State said North Korea and the USA are "equally committed" to denuclearization.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters that the USA remains "very firm" in its stance that three basic goals be met: complete denuclearization of North Korea, security assurances, and the repatriation of remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.

Pompeo added that the USA and world powers would maintain economic sanctions against North Korea until full denuclearization was achieved.

"The more we meet, the deeper our friendship will be, I hope", he said, adding: "Today's meeting is a really meaningful meeting".

A state department spokesperson said Pompeo had been very firm in focusing on denuclearisation, and other security assurances, BBC reported.

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A key aim of Mr Pompeo during his visit was to firm up North Korea's commitment to disarmament.

Pompeo, however, said more talks were needed on both.

"The U.S. attitude and positions at the high-level talks on Friday and Saturday were extremely regrettable", the Ministry said in a statement, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said on Twitter there was a danger military action could be called for because Trump might now claim he had tried diplomacy but was betrayed by Kim.

Diplomats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive conversations, said the United States continues to struggle to develop a shared understanding of what denuclearization means to North Korea.

"There are things that I have to clarify as well", Pompeo responded.

"So thinking about those discussions, you might have not slept well last night", Kim said.

However, the statement also appeared to separate North Korea's annoyance with the USA from its relationship with Trump himself. North Korea committed at the summit to the "immediate repatriation" of remains already identified, but that hasn't happened yet. Last week, Trump's national security adviser John Bolton said North Korea could be expected to carry out the "bulk" of denuclearisation within a year.

A state department spokesperson said Mr Pompeo had been "very firm" in focusing on denuclearisation, as well as on security assurances and another important U.S. demand - the return of remains of USA service personnel from the Korean War.

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