Economic pressure on Pyongyang “given us real opportunity” – Pompeo

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo affirmed Sunday President Donald Trump has put economic pressure on North Koreans “and it appears to have given us this opening, this real opportunity for something that would be transformative for the world if we can achieve it.” Speaking to ABC network, the US top diplomat stressed that “this administration has its eyes wide open. We know the history; we know the risks. We’re going to be very different. We’re going to negotiate in a different way than has been done before. We’re going to require those steps.

“We use the word ‘irreversible’ with great intention. We’re going to require those steps that demonstrate that denuclearization is going to be achieved. We’re not going to take promises. We’re not going to take words. We’re going to look for actions and deeds,” he remarked.

He noted “we have a mission set. We have an obligation to engage in diplomatic discourse to try and find a peaceful solution so that Americans aren’t held at risk by Kim Jong-un and his nuclear arsenal.” On his recent meeting with North Korean leader in Pyongyang, Pompeo said “we talked a great deal about what it might look like, what this complete, verifiable, irreversible mechanism might look like.” Meanwhile, US National Security Adviser John Bolton told Fox network that “we need to agree on a place and that remains an issue,” regarding the upcoming summit between Trump and Kim.

He added “Kim has made a strategic decision to give up his entire nuclear weapons program, then I think deciding on the place and the date should be fairly easy.” He said the summit was going to happen but the dates and places were still under discussion.

“I think the president is eager to do it as soon as possible, but we still need to work out the precise parameters,” he affirmed.

On the US position and what it wants from Kim, Bolton noted “we have very much in mind the Libya model from 2003, 2004. There are obviously differences. The Libyan program was much smaller, but that was basically the agreement that we made.

“We want to test North Korea in this first meeting for evidence that they have made that strategic decision,” he added.

He stressed “the full, complete, total disclosure of everything related to their nuclear weapons program with full international verification, and I think following Libya, verification by American and other inspectors could be very important here.

Source: Kuwait News Agency