Pompeo Upbeat Ahead of Singapore Summit


Only complete and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula will be an acceptable result of the negotiation process between the US and North Korea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says.

“The ultimate goal, which we are seeking from the diplomatic dialogue with North Korea, has not changed. The complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that will be accepted by the United States,” Pompeo told journalists in Singapore.

He said he did not expect a quick breakthrough in the negotiation process but cautioned that “if diplomacy does not move in the right direction … those measures will increase,” and sanctions on North Korea would remain in place until that had happened.

Pompeo also expressed the hope that the summit could provide “an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity” to North Korea conditions for future productive negotiations.

Earlier, the Singapore foreign minister said that the meeting of US President Donald Trump and the leader of the DPRK, Kim Jong-un, scheduled for June 12, could also continue, if necessary, the next day, on June 13.

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