Pompeo to brief Beijing on Trump-Kim summit - USA

Tonya Becker
June 15, 2018

-North Korean summit has reduced the threat of a major conflict.

"We're going to get denuclearisation", Mr Pompeo said.

On Tuesday, Mr Trump and Kim signed a document which stipulates for the denuclearisation of North Korea.

Mr Pompeo, the former Central Intelligence Agency director, planned to fly to Beijing later Thursday to update the Chinese government about the talks.

The agreement signed by Trump and Kim on Tuesday said the U.S. would provide security guarantees to North Korea, while Pyongyang committed to denuclearisation. Mr Trump salutes back after first extending his hand to the general.

The Russian leader had a meeting with North Korean official Kim Yong Nam on Thursday, at which he handed over an invitation for Mr Kim to visit later in 2018. He said the US was hopeful North Korea would take "major" disarmament steps before the end of Trump's first term in office, which concludes in January 2021.

Hailing his meeting with Kim, the first between a sitting United States president and a North Korean leader, as a major win for American security, Trump indicated that he expects Pyongyang to follow through on its commitment to work toward denuclearization, Reuters reports. South Korea's presidential office has said it's trying to discern Trump's meaning and intent, but also that the allies should explore various ways to "further facilitate" dialogue with the North. They also rejected any swift lifting of US sanctions amid claims by Pyongyang that Trump agreed to sanctions relief during his meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo said in Seoul that Trump's tweet about North Korea no longer posing a nuclear threat was made "with eyes wide open". With the headline: "Meeting of the century opens new history in DPRK-US relations", the North's ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun splashed 33 pictures across four of its usual six pages.

He said the USA remained "committed to achieving the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of North Korea".

While acknowledging that there may be "very conflicting views regarding the outcome of the summit", the United States had been able to spare "the whole world. the fear of war - a nuclear war - as well as the long-range missiles", he said. But Lu Chao, an expert on North Korea at the Liaoning Academy of Social Sciences in northeast China's Shenyang city, says the guarantees are probably "a repeat of previous USA statements that it does not seek to overthrow the current regime in North Korea".

The interaction prompted disbelief among some Trump critics, who already have said the president appeared too accommodating to Kim and his autocratic regime, which is accused of gross human rights violations.

SCHMITZ: China expert and author Bill Bishop says China is likely pleased with the outcome in Singapore.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Thursday with families of people abducted by North Korea decades ago and pledged to deal directly with the North to resolve the issue.

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