Pompeo warns N. Korea denuclearization may not happen

Politics 6/14/2018, 2:15 PM
Pompeo warns N. Korea denuclearization may not happen

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Thursday that it is possible the denuclearization of North Korea will not take place despite the fact that the country's leader Kim Jong-un agreed to a "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula.

As he briefed his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi (pictured right) on the meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump earlier this week, Pompeo noted "there is still a lot of work to do" regarding denuclearization of North Korea. "There are still risks that we won’t achieve that," Pompeo told Wang. Still, the US top diplomat remained optimistic that Trump's meeting with Kim has created a "path forward which can truly, for the first time in so many years, create peace on the peninsula."

Earlier, South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said that the US-North Korea summit saved the world from "threats of nuclear war and long-range missiles," while Pompeo said Washington expects Pyongyang to get rid of its "major" nuclear capabilities within two and a half years.

Breaking the News / NP

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