Pompeo: DPRK leader 'prepared' to 'help us achieve' denuclearization

Sunday, 2018-04-29 09:08:34
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that DPRK leader 'prepared' to 'help us achieve' denuclearization. (Photo:Xinhua)
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had a "good conversation" with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un on the "hardest issues that face our two countries," during an interview with ABC News.

Appearing on the network's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," Pompeo said the DPRK leader is "prepared" to "lay out a map that would help us achieve that objective," referring to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

The extracts of the interview were made available on April 28 prior to its broadcast at 10 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Pompeo met with Kim on his secret visit to Pyongyang from March 30-April 1 to prepare for a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump, who said the summit might happen within three to four weeks.

"I think we will have a meeting over the next three or four weeks," Trump said at a campaign rally in Washington, Michigan. "It's going be a very important meeting, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."

Calling Kim "very well prepared," Pompeo said, "I hope I matched that."

"We talked about serious matters. ... I had a clear mission statement from President Trump. When I left, Kim Jong-un understood the mission exactly as I described it today," he said, adding, "Only time will tell if we can get that done."

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