Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Pompeo: US Hopes for Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Within 2.5 Years

Pompeo: US Hopes for Denuclearization of Korean Peninsula Within 2.5 Years

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to China this week comes as both countries are reveling in the aftermath of the Singapore summit between the US and North Korea.

Hailing his meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader, as a major win for American security, Trump indicated that he expects Pyongyang to follow through on its commitment to work toward denuclearization, Reuters reports.

"The mistakes of the past were [that] they were providing economic relief before complete denuclearisation".

The North Korean people have limited access to other news sources so the state media's portrayal of Trump and the summit is incredibly important.

The administration is under heavy criticism from media and regional experts who say the agreement Trump signed with Kim Jong Un conceded too much and, in the end, served China's interests, too.

However, the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, said the world, through the summit, had escaped the threat of war, echoing Trump's upbeat assessment of his meeting with Kim.

"Complete denuclearization certainly encompasses" the verification of nuclear sites and programs in North Korea, he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Russia in September.

The Trump administration has been adamant that USA inspectors must be on the ground, alongside scientists from other countries, to ensure North Korea is following through on its pledge to denuclearize.

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, also defended Trump, saying he is using his words to engage in "diplomacy" with North Korea.

Mr Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal. We know where it is because of the heat.

Trump has been under fire for his friendliness towards North Korea.

. Measures like the destruction of testing sites in North Korea, if monitored by United States and global experts, could build the kind of trust needed to carry out earnest denuclearization.

After meeting with Kim, many were surprised when Trump spoke about joint military exercises, what he called "war games", with South Korea. He also said the USA should continue to, in Wang's words, "work through China". But simultaneously, most of the country's population has been taught that the a nation of imperialists determined to destroy their country.

A Japanese government source said on Thursday that Trump told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that Kim was open to dialogue with Japan.

Washington and Pyongyang now have no formal diplomatic relationship, and North Korea is still technically at war with South Korea, a key US ally.

"Our deficit with China is still too high", Pompeo warned, adding the issue was a key concern for the USA president, who will decide Friday whether to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese imports.

The key phrase in the agreement is that in exchange for security guarantees, Kim reaffirms his commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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