Kim summit 'depends on Kim' - Mike Pompeo

Kim summit 'depends on Kim' - Mike Pompeo

Kim summit 'depends on Kim' - Mike Pompeo

"Under that umbrella, you have North Korea and you have Iran", she said.

North Korea has insisted it won't give up its nuclear weapons program without major concessions from the U.S. Presenting the latest formulation of U.S. policy, Pompeo told the House panel, "Our posture will not change until we see credible steps taken toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

But there has been increasing pessimism about the meeting after North Korea scrapped the inter-Korean talks and threatened to do the same for the Kim-Trump summit in protest of the South Korea-U.S. military drills and what it calls Washington's push for "one-sided" disarmament.

Pompeo steered away from that comparison, but said the United States wants "rapid denuclearisation, total and complete, that won't be extended over time". Could all this talk about the summit being scuttled really be about Kim Jong Un trying to keep his Finals watching plans in tact? "It is indeed not our model".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo eased off US demands that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons immediately in exchange for sanctions relief, saying instead that the Trump administration wants Kim Jong Un's regime to take "credible steps" toward that goal.

"I think there's probably a point at which the guy who wants to meet with [former NBA player] Dennis Rodman, and loves NBA basketball, and loves western pop culture, probably doesn't love being the guy that has to murder his people all day long", Hegseth said.

China's visiting foreign minister said his country supports the summit being held at its now scheduled time and venue and sees no reason for a delay. "It's time to solve this once and for all".

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"I think he wants a picture with the American president", Hegseth told the "Fox & Friends" co-hosts.

To date, North Korea has taken few concrete steps beyond halting the nuclear and missile tests that ratcheted up tensions past year.

Pompeo said that "if we can get America's interests safe and secure we are prepared to do a great deal", including security assurances for Kim.

It follows a historic meeting between the leaders of the Koreas in April.

South Korea asked the committee for similar exemptions that were granted for the North Korean delegations which attended the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February. "It was clear from his speech that this is an administration that is defensive on Iran but optimistic on North Korea".

"If the weather conditions are good tomorrow, (we) can do (the work)", the official said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

The summit would offer a historic chance for peace. But there also is the risk of a diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its weapons program.

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