Offbeat Pompeo: U.S. aims for 'major' N. Korea disarmament in 2-1/2 years

18:46  13 june  2018
18:46  13 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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Pressed by CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett on whether Mr. Trump was willing to commit to a U . S . military withdrawal from South Korea , Pompeo He stressed that the U . S . would insist on a process of disarmament that was entirely verifiable — with the North ’s steps being

President Trump declared a summit meeting with Kim Jong Un had gone better than expected as he emerged after nearly four hours of talks with the North Korean leader aimed at bringing about Pyongyang’ s nuclear disarmament .

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with U.S. General Vincent K. Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, upon his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on June 13, 2018. © Jung Yeon-je/Pool via Reuters Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks with U.S. General Vincent K. Brooks, commander of United States Forces Korea, upon his arrival at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on June 13, 2018. The United States hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea within the next 2-1/2 years, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, speaking the day after President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim John Un for a historic summit.

Trump and Kim met in Singapore on Tuesday and reached a short agreement that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," but provided no details on when Pyongyang would give up nuclear arms or how that might be verified.

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Le Drian says that "everything that has to do with disarmament is positive." The French foreign minister met Monday with his Swedish counterpart Margot Wallstrom in Stockholm. Pompeo met Kim during two visits to North Korea in the lead-up to Tuesday' s summit.

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Pompeo was in Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on the summit. Speaking to a small group of reporters and asked if he would like to accomplish major nuclear disarmament within Trump’s current term, which ends on Jan. 20, 2021, Pompeo replied:

"Oh yes, most definitively. Absolutely ... you used the term major, major disarmament, something like that? We're hopeful that we can achieve that in the 2-1/2 years."

"I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification," Pompeo said, saying the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides.

"Not all of that work appeared in the final document. But lots of other places where there were understandings reached, we couldn't reduce them to writing, so that means there’s still some work to do, but there was a great deal of work done that is beyond what was seen in the final document that will be the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations," Pompeo said after flying to Seoul from Singapore.

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Trump, who returned to Washington early on Wednesday, hailed the meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, as a success that had removed the North Korean threat.

Critics at home said the joint statement by the two leaders was short on detail and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim.

On the way forward, Pompeo said, "I don’t know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans. I would anticipate it will be fairly quickly after we return to our home countries."

"I don’t know exactly what form that will take, but I'm very confident that by some time in the next week or so we will begin the engagement." 

Writing by Arshad Mohammed; editing by Frances Kerry

North Korea: Pompeo says he will likely visit Kim soon .
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he expects to meet with Kim Jong Un soon to flesh out details of the North Korean leader's promise of nuclear disarmament. As Washington's top diplomat, Pompeo laid much of the groundwork for last week's historic summit between Kim and President Donald Trump, and is now planning follow-up talks.Addressing business leaders at the Detroit Economic Club, Pompeo said it was "hard to know" if and when the two heads of state would hold another summit to finalize a deal.But more discreet diplomacy is continuing."There's a lot of work between here and there.

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