Pompeo regrets slow progress in denuclearization of N. Korea

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that very slow progress has been made since the US-North Korea Summit held by President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, 2018.

In an interview with Mid-America Network, Pompeo criticized North Korea for pursuing its nuclear programs and ballistic missile tests.

“So it would’ve been now the last 24 hours North Korea fired two – what we think were rockets that were consistent with what they’ve done before,” he said. “We are still working diligently to execute what President Trump and Chairman Kim agreed to now in June of a year ago to try and get North Korea to denuclearize.

“It’s an important mission for the world. The entire world came together around a series of UN Security Council resolutions,” Secretary Pompeo pointed out. “Chairman Kim then made this commitment that said he would denuclearize, and we are working to negotiate that outcome.

“The progress has been far too slow. I’m hopeful that we can continue to work on this project and get a good outcome in the months ahead,” he added.

During the Singapore summit, the first-ever between leaders of North Korea and the United States, both sides agreed to security guarantees for North Korea, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, recovery of soldiers’ remains and follow-up negotiations between high-level officials.

Source: Kuwait News Agency