Pompeo: We Will Offer North Korea ‘Different, Unique’ Security Assurances U.S. Has Never Offered Before
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held an extensive briefing in Singapore on Monday regarding the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
Pompeo stated that “the ultimate objective the complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” is the only outcome the United States will accept, and that President Trump is prepared to offer new assurances to Kim order to achieve that.
In his opening remarks, Pompeo first mentioned the assurances after stating that sanctions will remain until there is a verifiable end to North Korea’s development of weapons of mass destruction. Then he addressed the assurances.
“President Trump recognizes Chairman Kim’s desire for security and is prepared to ensure that a North Korea free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure North Korea,” he said.
During the press Q&A, Pompeo was asked about the nature of those assurances, but did not get into specifics.
In response to one question, Pompeo said that the U.S. is “prepared to take actions that will provide [North Korea] with sufficient certainty that denuclearization isn’t something that ends badly for them.”
Major Garret followed up asking specifically if the U.S. would consider removing troops from South Korea. Pompeo refused to get into details, but offered a contextual description.
“We’re prepared to take security assurances that are different, unique, than have been provided, than America has been willing to provide previously,” he said.
North Korea’s security fears are that of invasion by U.S. troops, and the assurances they have sought are regarding their independence of that fear. Pompeo neither confirmed nor denied that any troop withdrawal would be offered, and that no one should draw any conclusion based on his refusal to offer detail.
“There’s a lot of work left to do,” he added.
Watch above, courtesy CNN.
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