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Pompeo: U.S. want disarmament by North Korea by the end of 2020

Pompeo: U.S. want disarmament by North Korea by the end of 2020

The US hopes to see “major disarmament” by North Korea by the end of 2020, says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
His comments, during a visit to South Korea, follow an unprecedented meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
They signed a deal agreeing to work towards “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.
But the document has been criticised for lacking details on when or how Pyongyang would give up its weapons.
Mr Pompeo travelled from the summit in Singapore to Seoul, where he was briefing South Korea’s government on the outcome of the summit.
He said there was still “a great deal of work to do” with North Korea, but added: “Major disarmament… We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in the two and half years.”
He said he was confident Pyongyang understood the need for any dismantling its nuclear programme to be properly verified – a key .
When asked by reporters why this was not specified in the document signed in Singapore, he condemned their questions as “insulting” and “ridiculous”.
President Trump earlier declared that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat, insisting “everybody can now feel much safer”.
The credibility of that claim is in doubt. That is because under the agreement, the North retains its nuclear warheads, the missiles to launch them and has not agreed to any specific process to get rid of them.
Pyongyang has celebrated the summit as a great win for the country.
The two leaders said they would co-operate on building “new relations”, while the US would provide “security guarantees” to North Korea.
Pyongyang in return “commits to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.
Then at a news conference after the meeting, Mr Trump said he would lift sanctions against North Korea once “nukes are no longer a factor”.
He said he trusted his instinct that Mr Kim would abide by his word.
He also announced an unexpected end to military exercises regularly carried out between US and South Korean forces on the peninsula.
The move – long demanded by Pyongyang – has been seen as a major concession to North Korea and appeared to take US allies in the region by surprise.
South Korea’s presidential Blue House later clarified that it needed to “find out the precise meaning or intentions” behind Mr Trump’s remarks on ending the joint military drills.
After the summit, North Korea’s state media said the two leaders had agreed that “step-by-step and simultaneous action” was needed to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
American hardliners such as Mr Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton have previously opposed such a phased approach, whereby the US takes reciprocal action.