Pompeo Seeks 'Credible' North Korean Steps Toward Denuclearization

Pompeo Seeks 'Credible' North Korean Steps Toward Denuclearization

A United Nations Security Council committee on Wednesday approved the travel of North Korean officials to Singapore for a June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and planning meetings, diplomats said. Kim himself is not on the sanctions blacklist, which bans travel and requires all countries to freeze assets.

"I did a great service to this country by firing James Comey", Mr. Trump said Wednesday.

Trump agreed in March to meet with Kim in response to an invitation relayed by South Korea, without first consulting his advisers or running through possible outcomes. "And I have no doubt that you will be able to complete-accomplish a historic feat that no one had been able to achieve in the decades past".

USA officials said preparations for the summit were still underway despite recent pessimism - and privately suggested there would be additional public maneuvering as both sides seek to maximize their leverage.

Trump encouraged Kim to focus on the opportunities offered by the meeting and to make a deal to abandon his nuclear program, pledging not only to guarantee Kim's personal security but also predicting an economic revitalization for the North.

"We'll see what happens".

Our top national security priority has been the de-nuclearization of Nort Korea.

He said he had raised it with Kim "and it will be part of the discussions as we move forward".

He did not detail the conditions he had laid out for Kim but said if they aren't met, "we won't have the meeting".

Likewise, officials from South Korea have also suggested that the meeting will likely go forward after the USA and South Korea finish joint military exercises.

Pompeo's comments came ahead of the potentially unprecedented June 12 summit between President Trump and Kim that has been scheduled in the wake of the historic meeting between the two leaders of the Korean peninsula.

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Moon sought to project optimism after his meeting with Trump.

The US secretary of state told the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee that he was "hopeful" that the meeting would go ahead. -North Korean summit will proceed but laid the fate of the historic meeting squarely with Kim Jong Un, who won't be reassured by USA demands for "rapid denuclearization". High-level talks between the North and South would likely happen after June 25.

In their most recent meeting two weeks ago, Pompeo said he and Kim spoke about their mutual goals for the talks. But whereas Trump dreads political embarrassment, Kim has more existential fears.

"I don't like that", he said. But there also is the risk of a diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

"We're not going to provide economic relief until such time as we have an irreversible set of actions, not words, not commitments, undertaken by the North Korean regime", he said.

Mr Trump later denied the United States would follow the "Libyan model" if an agreement was reached with North Korea.

WONSAN, NORTH KOREA-A group of foreign journalists departed by train Wednesday to watch the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear test site after eight reporters from South Korea received last-minute permission to join them.

North Korea has always justified its nuclear program as a deterrent against perceived US hostility.

Amid the uncertainty, a White House team is headed to Singapore this weekend to work on logistics for the trip. The White House said the coins were prepared by the White House Communications Agency, a military unit supporting the president's trip, and not the West Wing.

The White House was caught off guard when, in a dramatic change of tone, North Korea last week condemned the latest U.S.

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