As Pompeo heads to North Korea, U.S. State Department denies softening

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On Thursday, The State Department ignored that the ‘United States had softened its approach toward North Korea’s denuclearization, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Pyongyang hoping to hammer out a roadmap for its nuclear disarmament’.

State Department spokeswoman, Heather Nauert replied to the reporters, “Nothing could be further from the truth. Our policy toward North Korea has not changed. We are committed to a denuclearized North Korea and Secretary Pompeo looks forward to continuing his consultations with North Korean leaders to follow up on the commitments made at the Singapore summit”.

on Thursday, President Donald Trump also replied to the reporters saying that he got along “very well” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their June 12 summit. “I really believe that he sees a different future for North Korea. I hope that’s true. If that’s not true, we’ll go back to the other way,” Trump said aboard Air Force One as he flew to Montana.

At the Singapore summit, Kim made a broad commitment to “work toward de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” but has made no mention of how or when Pyongyang might give up a nuclear weapons programme that threatens the United States and its allies. Ahead of the Singapore summit, Pompeo said Trump would reject anything short of “complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.”

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Pompeo will spend a day and a half in North Korea on Friday and Saturday on his third trip to Pyongyang, since the unprecedented summit between Trump and Kim.  “On this trip, I’m seeking to fill in some details on those commitments and continue the momentum toward implementation of what the two leaders promised each other and the world,” Pompeo said, according to the pool report. It would also be his first overnight stop in Pyongyang, with which the United States have remained technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.

by Sawan Kumar on July 6, 2018

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