Kim summit 'depends on Kim' - Mike Pompeo

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies at a hearing of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2018.

And if North Korea truly has completed its nuclear program, as it says it has, then it no longer needs an active test site anyway. "It could very well be June 12", the president told reporters Wednesday afternoon as he left the White House on his way to NY.

The entire talk about North Korea wanting to cancel the summit started when scheduled talks between the North and South were canceled because South Korean military held joint exercises with the United States military.

The hearing was contentious at times, particularly when Democratic Representative Greg Meeks confronted Pompeo about his aggressive questioning of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton when he was a congressman during Republican-led hearings about the fatal 2012 attack on US diplomats in Benghazi.

"Bolton meant how Gaddafi allowed the United States to pack up and take away his nuclear-weapons-related equipment".

North Korea has insisted it won't give up its nuclear weapons program without major concessions from the U.S. Presenting the latest formulation of U.S. policy, Pompeo told the House panel, "Our posture will not change until we see credible steps taken toward the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".

The previous day, during a White House meeting with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, Trump appeared to signal flexibility over this negotiating position in which North Korea would dismantle its programme, and surrender its nuclear warheads, fissile material and production facilities, before any reciprocal measures from the US.

"That model would take place if we don't make a deal, most likely".




Even if the summit seems unlikely at the moment, it will probably be held on June 12th in Singapore as both sides have too much to lose if the meeting is canceled.

Pompeo said he had raised the issue of human rights with Kim "and it will be part of the discussions as we move forward".

Pompeo, who was director of the Central Intelligence Agency before becoming secretary of state in April when Trump fired Rex Tillerson, has met twice with Kim in Pyongyang. "Those are the goals we discussed".

On the other hand, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adopted a more positive stance by stating that the U.S. is continuing their preparations as the summit is going to happen.

In the fullest account to date of the Pompeo-Kim talks, the secretary of state recounted the North Korean leader's demands.

And the Post reported Trump reassured Kim of his safety.

Trump made it clear on Thursday, however, that the summit could still happen despite the saber-rattling between the two leaders.

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