Pompeo: US Hopes for 'Major Disarmament' by N. Korea within 2 1/2 Years

The United States is hoping for "major, major disarmament" by North Korea within 2 1/2 years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, the day after President Donald Trump signed an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calling for the end to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program. The top U.S. diplomat, after briefing South Korean officials in Seoul on the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, said the U.S. "most definitely" wants verifiable North Korean action to denuclearize the Korean peninsula by the end of Trump's first term in the White House in January 2021. "I am ... confident they understand that there will be in-depth verification," Pompeo said, adding that further U.S. talks with North Korea on how and when it will end its nuclear program will resume "sometime in the next week." He said Trump and Kim reached understandings not written in the document they signed. "Not all of that work appeared in the final document," Pompeo said. "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." Short on details ​U.S. critics of the deal said it was short on details and that Trump had made too many concessions to Kim, especially the U.S. leader's unexpected announcement that the United States is ending its military exercises with South Korea, long an irritant to North Korea. Trump returned to Washington, declaring on Twitter "There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," even though the agreement he signed with Kim does not spell out how Pyongyang will dismantle its... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Pompeo: US Hopes for 'Major Disarmament' by N. Korea within 2 1/2 Years, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Pompeo: US Hopes for 'Major Disarmament' by N. Korea within 2 1/2 Years





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Wednesday, 13 June, 2018



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