UPDATED 9:54 AM PT — Fri. July 20, 2018
The head of the U.S. Intelligence Community said the U.S. will continue to encourage Russia and China to pressure North Korea with international sanctions.
In an interview Thursday, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats dispelled rumors about the U.S. going soft on North Korea, following the president’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un.
He claimed combined sanctions from America, Russia, and China will be leveraged against Pyongyang to keep the denuclearization process moving forward.
When asked about a time frame, he said it will likely take longer than originally thought.
“This is going to take some time,” said Coats. “He has projected a longer time frame, but then it depends on what steps they take within that one period of time that can give us some hope and courage and encouragement that we’re on the right track…it’s a much more complicated process than most people think.”
In addition to the summit in Singapore the president announced he and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin negotiated tackling the issues of terrorism, cyber attacks, and the humanitarian crisis in Syria.