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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...

 

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