Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Pompeo calls questions about gaps in Trump-Kim statement 'insulting and ridiculous'

Pompeo calls questions about gaps in Trump-Kim statement 'insulting and ridiculous'

Mr Pompeo was speaking at a press conference in Seoul with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts.

Kimmel show personality Guillermo Rodriguez and the host proceeded to sit down for a mock summit to sign their own version of the "friendship agreement" that Trump and Kim signed.

Mr Trump also unexpectedly announced United States would not hold war games with South Korea while North Korea negotiated in good faith on denuclearisation.

The summit statement provided no details on when Pyongyang would give up its nuclear weapons programme or how the dismantling might be verified. "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".

Pompeo also insisted that Pyongyang was committed to giving up its nuclear arsenal but said it would "be a process, not an easy one".

Several U.S. lawmakers expressed their approval of Trump's meeting with Kim, but said they were skeptical of the U.S. leader's declaration that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat.

He tweeted Wednesday that "there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea" as a result of his work, and he has been critical of the press for its general disparagement of the summit.

"There are always concerns about President Trump and he's very erratic", Wit said.

Sputnik: There seems to be some confusion about the sanctions with yesterday Trump saying they remain and North Korea claiming they're gone, where do they stand on this now then? "Pyongyang will use this language to portray itself as a nuclear power, entitled to neglect its disarmament commitments just like the other nuclear powers". "We love the American people", he said.

Pompeo said the statement's reference to "complete" denuclearization "encompasses verifiable and irreversible".

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Critics said the unprecedented encounter between Kim and Trump was more style than substance, producing a document short on specifics about the key issue of Pyongyang's atomic weapons.

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", he tweeted in one of a series of early morning pronouncements.

After North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died in 2011, his son, Jong Un, was named the head of the nation and went on to purge other family members from the party.

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In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the U.S. would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul - a concession Pyongyang has sought for decades.

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, who served as a top US negotiator with Pyongyang before the last attempt at diplomacy broke down in 2009, was more optimistic.

"It might work. After three minutes of being touched and felt by Trump, Kim Jong-un is just going to go, 'Fine, fine, take the nukes".

"There have been many analyses on the outcome of the summit", Moon told Pompeo ahead of their meeting, Reuters reported.

Seoul's Defense Ministry said the talks would focus on carrying out agreements from a summit between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in where they vowed to take materialized steps to reduce military tensions and eliminate the danger of war.

Now a top analyst with United States Institute of Peace, Mr. Yun told CNN on Tuesday that halting joint U.S. The official acknowledged, however, it was still not certain how that was going to happen.

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