Reuters reported that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday the process of ending North Korea’s nuclear program would take time but he was optimistic that it would be done within a timeline set by the leaders of the two countries.
It was important to maintain diplomatic and economic pressure on the North, he said, and the United States takes very seriously any detraction from enforcing U.N. sanctions, Pompeo said on the sidelines of a regional conference.
“I’m optimistic that we will get this done in the timeline and the world will celebrate what the U.N. Security Council has demanded,” Pompeo told a news conference.
New York Times emphasised on the fact that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed growing exasperation with North Korea on Friday, accusing its government of refusing to respect a promise to President Trump to stop, or even slow, Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
Speaking to reporters while flying to Singapore — a trip intended in part to press Asian counterparts to maintain sanctions against Pyongyang — Mr. Pompeo noted a vague declaration in June by the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to work toward a full denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
The chief American diplomat is deeply skeptical that North Korea will give up its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs, according to two of his advisers, who said Mr. Pompeo believes he nonetheless must see through the outreach to Pyongyang that he began.
“Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize,” Mr. Pompeo said, adding, “We can see we have still a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome with them.”