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Offbeat Pompeo: North Korea wasn't replying to summit preparation efforts

18:12  24 may  2018
18:12  24 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

White House: 'If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there'

  White House: 'If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there' <p>The White House said Thursday it is moving ahead with plans for a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite Pyongyang's recent threats to scrap it.</p>"If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's "very hopeful" that the U.S.- North Korean nuclear summit would take place as planned next month. U.S. President Donald Trump labored with South Korea 's Moon Jae-in Tuesday to keep the highly anticipated U.S. summit with North Korea on track after

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is still working toward holding a historic summit with North Korea on June 12. The meeting is happening as efforts to build peace between the two Koreas have hit a setback. North Korea pulled out of planned peace talks with South Korea last

a man wearing a suit and tie: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before a Senate committee on Thursday. © Provided by The Hill Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before a Senate committee on Thursday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said President Trump canceled his planned summit with North Korea in part because the United States did not receive replies from Pyongyang on preparations for the meeting.

"I don't believe in that sense that we're in a position to believe that there could be a successful outcome," Pompeo said. "I think that's what the president communicated pretty clearly in his letter.

"I can add to that. Over the past many days, we have endeavored to do what Chairman Kim and I had agreed, which was to put teams, preparation teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit and we have received no response to our inquiries from them."

Pompeo: North Korea wants U.S. economic help

  Pompeo: North Korea wants U.S. economic help <p>North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants economic help from the United States and security guarantees in exchange for denuclearization, the U.S. secretary of state said.</p>Pompeo, who has met Kim in Pyongyang twice in recent weeks to prepare the groundwork for a summit with President Donald Trump, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the historic talks are "still scheduled for June 12" despite reports of differences between the two sides.

“I would say there are hundreds if not thousands of hours put into summit preparations ,” said Patrick McEachern, a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Pompeo assembled a working group to handle negotiations with North Korea led by a retired senior CIA official with deep experience in the region.

Trump deploys Pompeo to North Korea to prepare Kim summit . "At this very moment, Secretary Pompeo is on his way to North Korea in preparation for my upcoming meeting with Kim Jong-un," Mr Trump said in a televised address from the White House.

Pompeo was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee moments after the White House released a letter from President Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un canceling the summit that was planned for June 12 in Singapore.

"I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump wrote in the letter.

The cancellation comes after a series of statements from North Korea threatening to walk away from the talks if the United States does not change its demands.

In the latest statement Wednesday night, a top North Korean official called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy."

Trump, in turn, wrote that Kim likes to "talk about" his nuclear capabilities: "Ours are so massive and so powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."

Talks Between U.S. and North Korea 'Are in Good Hands,' Trump Says .
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began formal talks with a top North Korean official, the president voiced cautious optimism about a summit with Kim Jong-un.Mr. Trump told reporters it was not clear if the show of tenuous detente would be enough to strike a deal to meet for a summit in Singapore, which was set for June 12 before the president called it off last week.

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