UPDATED 7:54 AM PT — Mon. July 23, 2018
According to the commander of U.S. forces on the Korean peninsula, the challenge with North Korea is making progress despite a lack of trust on both sides.
Vincent Brooks made the remarks at a security forum event in Aspen Friday. He said without trust, moving forward will be difficult.
Brooks said that — in many ways — the lack of trust is the enemy “we now have to defeat.”
This comes as intelligence officials reveal recent possible activity in North Korea, which could indicate the country is moving to expand its nuclear supply.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed Brook’s statement, saying the challenge with North Korea is not over.
“It will take full enforcement of sanctions for us to get there, it will also take chairman Kim following through on his personal commitments that he made to President Trump in Singapore,” stated Pompeo. “The path ahead is not easy, it will take time, but our hopes for a safer world for all of us and a brighter future for North Korea remains our objective and that hope endures.”
Despite the recent reports of Pyongyang possibly expanding its nuclear arsenal, Brooks emphasized that the country has not conducted a ballistic missile test in almost a year.