Speaking alongside South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha at the State Department, Pompeo said Friday he thinks the USA and North Korea are largely on the same page in expectations for the June 12 encounter, which will see a sitting US president meet the leader of North Korea for the first time.
Pompeo's comments come ahead of a planned June 12 meeting in Singapore between North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, the first such meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader.
Pompeo and different United States officers have repeatedly stated they're looking for North Korea's everlasting verifiable denuclearization, whereas North Korean officers have stated that they've already achieved their nuclear aims. "Inspectors quantify and log North Korea's capabilities".
The U.S. goal for the June 12 summit in Singapore is "complete and total denuclearization of North Korea, and it is the president's intention to achieve that", Pompeo said. For almost seven decades, since the Korean War, the two have been in a state of hostilities, with North Korea isolated from most nations.
Kim revealed plans to shut down the nuclear test site during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in last month.
"We had good conversations, substantive conversations that concerned deep complicated challenges", Pompeo stated about his two conferences with the North Korean chief who is understood for assassinating rivals and relations, and operating jail camps all through his nation.
The pair, he said, talked "about how it is he wishes to proceed and if he's prepared, in exchange for the assurances that we're ready to provide him, if he is prepared to fully denuclearize".
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"It would require a strong verification program and one that we'll undertake with companions world wide", Pompeo added. For its part, North Korea wants the lifting of sanctions and for the U.S.to withdraw the 28,500 troops it has stationed in South Korea.
"We agreed that the summit would be an historic opportunity for resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, and securing enduring peace on the Korean peninsula", she said. He has said he is willing to "denuclearize" the Korean peninsula, but it is not clear he means what Washington means.
"There's a danger here of the peace track moving more quickly than the denuclearization track", warned Abraham Denmark, an Asia expert and former senior U.S. defense official.
Of course, what that right path is varies according to interpretation and there are indications that North Korea and the USA are far apart on some issues, with the US insisting on a "robust verification program" that assures the regime carries out the agreement.
"If that happens, it could give North Korea an opportunity to try to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington", said Denmark, now at the Wilson Center think tank in the USA capital. Bolton said it is possible that the US could block European companies from doing business in the USA if they continue to do business with Iran.
After her talks with Pompeo, she took pains to "emphasize again that the US military presence in Korea is a matter for the ROK-US alliance first and foremost".