UPDATED 6:52 AM PT — Thurs. June 14, 2018
Talks between the U.S. and its allies continue as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with South Korean officials to discuss the accomplishments made at this week’s Singapore summit.
The White House’s top diplomat arrived in South Korea on a two-day trip to participate in a tri-lateral meeting with the country’s foreign minister as well as Japan’s foreign minister.
Pompeo has been tasked with following up on negotiations after the historic summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.
His purpose is to get the perspective of North Korea’s closest and most powerful neighbors on logistical issues, such as how to avoid past mistakes while progressing toward verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.
“What happened in Singapore created an enormous opportunity,” said Pompeo. “When refer to the mistakes of the past, they were providing economic and financial relief before the complete relief before the complete denuclearization had taken place — that is not going to happen and President Trump made that clear.”
One topic gaining media buzz is when exactly North Korea will begin the long-awaited process of dismantling their nuclear arsenal.
At a press conference, Pompeo was confident North Korea would act soon.
‘We believe that Chairman Kim Jong Un understands the urgency of the timing of completing this denuclearization, that he understands that we must do this quickly and that sanctions relief, we should recall these are UN sanctions, that sanctions relief cannot take place until such time as we have demonstrated that North Korea has been completely denuclearized,” he stated
The secretary went on to say the White House expects major steps toward denuclearizing Pyongyang will be accomplished within the next two to two and a half years.