Pompeo: Expect "Major Disarmament" In North Korea By End Of Trump's Term

Speaking with reporters in Seoul, South Korea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US expects North Korea to take steps toward a "major" nuclear disarmament within the next two-and-a-half years, the Associated Press and Reuters reported. While he refused to lay out a specific timeline, Pompeo said he's hopeful that steps toward a "major, major disarmament" will be taken before the end of Trump's current term, which ends in January 2021.

"Oh yes, most definitively. Absolutely ... you used the term major, major disarmament, something like that? We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in the 2-1/2 years."

The Secretary of State also pushed back against North Korean media's portrayal of the summit, saying "one should heavily discount some things that are written in other places." He added that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "understands that there will be in-depth verification" of the country's nuclear commitments if it does reach a deal with the US. Ahead of the summit, Pompeo made clear to the North Koreans that any deal must include "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearization.

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However, despite his assurances, reporters appeared to fixate on the vague nature of the agreement signed by Trump and Kim, but Pompeo insisted that it's ridiculous to focus on the fact that the agreement lacked one word - "verifiable" - arguing instead that the language in the statement was sufficient "in the minds of everyone concerned."

"I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification," Pompeo said, saying the initial agreement between Trump and Kim had not captured all of what had been agreed by the two sides.

"Not all of that work appeared in the final document. But lots of other places where there were understandings reached, we couldn’t reduce them to writing, so that means there’s still some work to do, but there was a great deal of work done that is beyond what was seen in the final document that will be the place that we will begin when we return to our conversations," Pompeo said after flying to Seoul from Singapore.

While President Trump has said he would temporarily suspend live military drills between the US and South Korea (a declaration that reportedly was news to the US military and its partners in Japan and the South), Pompeo clarified that the drills would resume if the North stops negotiating in good faith.

Trump "made very clear" that the condition for the freeze was that good-faith talks continue. He says if the U.S. concludes they no longer are in good faith, the freeze "will no longer be in effect."

Pompeo added that conversations with North Korea should continue next week, though he couldn't say for sure what the exact timing would be.

"I don’t know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans. I would anticipate it will be fairly quickly after we return to our home countries."

"I don’t know exactly what form that will take, but I’m very confident that by some time in the next week or so we will begin the engagement."

While Trump headed back to the US, Pompeo traveled to Seoul on Wednesday to brief South Korean officials on developments from the summit.

Comments

Rapunzal caconhma Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:21 Permalink

The NWO is giving Trump their puppet a win. What a joke the whole NK vs USA hoax was. They will give him a win that the sheeple believe his role. But he is the Trojan horse and the bankers will blame the next major collapse on him. This whole shit show is too easy to see through.

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runningman18 Rapunzal Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

Agreed.  NK will never give up their nukes.  This is all kabuki theater by the banksters to raise Trump and his followers up only to cut them down when the peace talks turn to failure.  NK was probably building a new nuke test site while Kim was basking in the glow of his ritzy Singapore hilton enjoying a vacation...I mean peace summit. 

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brianshell DosZap Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:20 Permalink

Picture it, the North Koreans demand a mutual protection treaty with the US and South Korea. If NK has to give up the only teeth they have for survival, they will need protection.

Next, picture the NK soldiers training with US marines.

Another picture could be the railroads from The Korean peninsula through Russia and China that propel global trade.

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Consuelo nmewn Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:08 Permalink

Leaving petty partisan politics aside for a moment...

The 'mental disease' you speak of comes from those who fail to grasp the tendencies of Orientalism and how 5000 year-old traditions amongst races of the same lineage tend to work - especially as pertains to dealing with 'outsiders'...

 

 

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TBT or not TBT Consuelo Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:42 Permalink

Oh good God .  The only bits of Asia that work adopted some sort of market capitalism with varying degrees of authoritarian government .    The parts that did the communist thing got very poor and mass-murdery(Cambodia, Vietnam, China under Mao, NK now) .  All of these models came from the West.    5000 years didn't prevent any of that.    They put their pants on the same way everyone does . 

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Kelley Consuelo Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:42 Permalink

Nonsense. the math on this is very simple. Either Kim-shi* cooperates or China stops feeding the NK army which means Kim-shi* hits the fan. This is why China summoned fat boy to China - it wasn't a birthday party.

The US had told China if NK attacked the US, "China don't get paid!"

All that 5,000 year history went out the window the moment they heard that and realized China would have a real people's revolution if that happened.

To China, NK is a pain in the ass but useful for irritating the US. China much prefers getting paid than it does feeding the NK army.

 

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MadHatt MGTOW_MONERO_XMR Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

If NK is going to turn the place into somewhere people actually visit and enjoy, free of the possibility of nuclear war, perfect, put up all the hotels.

Kim isn't doing it for the money, he already controls the country... he doesn't need a book deal, or to be liked by his people... hes doing it because those who were forcing him are no longer available.

 

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TBT or not TBT MadHatt Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:33 Permalink

Thing is, lots of Koreans would like to torture the former leadership and their Gestapo and gulag officers to death .    Guarantees for the regime players will be hard to provide, and of course the hate will be directed at Trump for any security arrangements that are provided .   It's a tough problem getting a murderous regime to peaceably step down .

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ted41776 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:22 Permalink

puppet government installed without a single shot fired! SCORE!

how long would you give this one before it gets Iraqued, Libyaed, or Iraned? it's got to be at least long enough for standard of living to go up enough to make a nice before picture. but then again, this puppet already belongs to china and you can't have a puppet controlled by two masters. this could get messy

RedDwarf TBT or not TBT Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:40 Permalink

"Yeah communism can do huge cultural damage, but 70 years of it doesn't come close to the Fail you get from 1400 centuries of illiterate pedophile warlord worship ."

You came close, but missed the real source of the Fail.  The real problem is centuries of first cousin marriage as the preferred norm.  They have polluted their gene pool horrendously.  Centuries of reverse eugenics.  Lower IQ, night blindness, rage and impulse control problems, and so on.

If it had just been cultural stuff, you could take a Muslim baby and raise it in a different environment no problem.  The chain would be broken.  But now their genes are fucked thanks to constant incest.

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ChargingHandle Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:28 Permalink

It is embarrassing how the media undermines and spin doctors everything this president accomplishes. The other day in CNN was the biggest example of being unamerican I have ever witnessed .

sidfalco Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:47 Permalink

Look, stop publishing these bitching articles. If the Norks don't live up to the "vague" conditions then Trump will tell them to go fuck themselves. It's not John Kerry leading the negotiations this time.

DavidFL Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:56 Permalink

I would say it is a good win for China and a moderate win for the US. China gets US force drawdown in their backyard, US gets elimination of direct missile threats and buys the west some time.

Long run advantage for China - as always they are playing the long game!