President Donald Trump’s remarks about North Korea no longer being a nuclear threat were made “with eyes wide open,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.
“We’re going to get denuclearization,” he stressed at the joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, following their trilateral meeting in South Korea's capital.
Pompeo met with his Asian counterparts following President Trump's historic summit in Singapore this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which Kim agreed to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
The president’s remarks about North Korea no longer being a threat were echoed Thursday by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who said the Trump-Kim summit meant the world had escaped the threat of war.
Pompeo also pushed back against reports coming from North Korean official state media, claiming Trump and Kim agreed to a “step-by-step” process, with many interpreting the announcement as the U.S. giving concessions to the regime along the way.
Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018