Pompeo says 'bad deal' with North Korea 'not an option' for US

Pompeo says 'bad deal' with North Korea 'not an option' for US

"I can not suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks gushing out from the mouth of the U.S. vice-president", vice-minister of Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui said in a statement released by the state-run KCNA news agency.

Asked on Wednesday whether the summit would go ahead, Trump told reporters: "It could very well happen".

A presidential Blue House official in Seoul also told reporters a North Korea security guarantee is the "only way" to relieve North Korean anxiety over complete denuclearization.

Asked in a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee if the summit, tentatively planned for Singapore on June 12, will take place, Pompeo replied: "That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim".

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The North's eleventh-hour decision to allow the South Koreans to join came just after Trump met South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington to try to keep the Kim-Trump summit from going off the rails.

If it goes ahead, it will be first meeting between a USA and a North Korean leader during more than six decades of hostility, and it would come just months after the North's rapid progress toward attaining a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike America fueled fears of war.

Yoon Young-chan, senior secretary for public relations, said Moon assured Trump of North Korea's honest intentions, Seoul Economic Daily reported Wednesday.

The United States and South Korea are working to keep the scheduled USA summit with North Korea on track - even after President Donald Trump's comment that "there's a very substantial chance" it won't go off as planned. Libya's longtime autocratic leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed several years later after a Western-backed military intervention.

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He said the United States aims at "complete" denuclearization by North Korea before it provides any support for the country's economy, and that Washington wants that to happen quickly. "I don't think I want to totally commit myself".

The group includes an Associated Press Television crew. While that could set a positive tone ahead of the summit, it is not an irreversible move and would need to be followed by many more significant measures to meet Trump's demands for real denuclearization.

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

Mr Pompeo said the United States was prepared to walk away from the talks and a "bad deal" was not an option.

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"We will know next week about Singapore", he told reporters at the White House before leaving for NY, the day after acknowledging that there's a "very substantial chance" the summit will be canceled. "North Korea summit", Yoon said, quoting remarks Moon made during discussions with Trump.

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