US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday plans for the historic US-North Korea summit are underway, and the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is “prepared to denuclearize.” Speaking to reporters in Washington, Pompeo said the complete verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula remains the “only acceptable option” for the US.
Trump, who has been receiving nearly daily briefings on North Korea for months, remains “hopeful” about the June 12 meeting in Singapore, Pompeo said. “But he’s also going into the summit with his eyes wide open.” “You can be sure Trump won’t stand for a bad deal,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo, who has met with the North Korean leader twice, stated that Kim “indicated to me personally that he’s prepared to denuclearize, that he understands that the current model doesn’t work.” “In the past, there have been months and months of detailed negotiations, and they got nowhere,” Pompeo said, referring to previous negotiations between the US and North Korea.
In contrast, he said, this summit “has to be big and bold.” If the summit goes on as planned, it will be the first time a sitting US president has met with a North Korean leader.
Earlier, Trump said that he would invite Kim to Washington if the summit is a success.
Source: Kuwait News Agency