United States committed to 'complete, verifiable and irreversible' North Korea denuclearisation: Pompeo

Marsha Scott
June 14, 2018

"Of those alive today, only a small number will leave a lasting impact- and only the very few will make decisions or take actions that renew their homeland and change the course of history", his White House repeated in a propaganda video presented to Kim on an iPad at their first meeting.

North Korea has up to 120,000 political prisoners locked away in gulags, where they're subjected to hard labor and torture, according to Amnesty International.

Proving he was a worthy foil, Kim stole the show from Trump on Monday night.

Historians were quick to point out the joint statement the two leaders signed was actually far less detailed than those struck with North Korea in the past, the same ones that Trump has repeatedly derided for ending in failure and perpetuating the nuclear threat. Pompeo told reporters the exercises would be frozen as long as North Korea continues to negotiate in good faith.

At their historic summit, Kim made few concessions beyond agreeing to "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" - a term his regime and the us can't agree on a definition for.

Kim also returned home, the North's official news agency said.

Pompeo also said Trump had been "unambiguous" in his conversations with Kim regarding the suspension of joint U.S. "I think there's some validity to that school of thought with the exception (of) once those dictators have nuclear weapons".

Trump has been on a victory tour of sorts since he returned from the historic summit, where he was the first US president to meet with a sitting leader from North Korea. The next military exercise is scheduled for August, and in years past, has drawn thousands of troops from the U.S., South Korea and other countries. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono is also heading to Seoul and is due to meet with Pompeo and his South Korean counterpart.

This was a significant source of increased economic pressure on North Korea, which we can only assume contributed to its willingness to reach out first to South Korea and later the United States to explore the possibility of negotiations to address the Korean nuclear conflict.

Trump said he would "absolutely" invite Kim to visit the White House and is open to visiting Pyongyang, as well.

President Donald Trump may well regret his choice of words to describe how he would address his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, with late night comedians poking fun at the president's description of the "touch and feel" he would use in the meeting.

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Despite the confusion and disappointment among some, the summit managed to, for a time at least, reset a relationship that has always been characterized by bloodshed and threats.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke to Donald Trump after the summit, saying there was "great meaning in Chairman Kim's clearly confirming to President Trump the complete denuclearisation". "We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the 2-1/2 years".

Trump on Tuesday became the first USA president to sit down with a North Korean ruler, as they met in Singapore to discuss the hermit kingdom's nuclear ambitions. No longer - sleep well tonight!' Speaking in Singapore, Trump said that Chinese restrictions on trade along its border with North Korea already appear to be weakening.

He added that it would be impossible to verify completely whether North Korea completely denuclearized.

But, for the North, it meant the U.S. withdraws its nuclear umbrella from South Korea and perhaps Japan.

As Trump acknowledged that denuclearization would not be accomplished overnight, the North suggested Wednesday that Trump had moved away from his demand for complete denuclearization before US sanctions on the long-isolated country are removed.

In the interview with "GMA" co-anchor Michael Strahan, Rodman, who is often criticized for his cordial relationship with the North Korean leader, praised his improbable friend.

Earlier today, North Korean state media reported that Trump made concessions to Kim that were not in the statement signed by the leaders - including Trump agreeing to "the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action" rather than the USA administration's prior demands for rapid denuclearization.

He told reporters that "one should heavily discount some things that are written in other places - including from some of your colleagues!"

The August exercise, named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, has always been scheduled and final planning with several nations' military forces is well underway.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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