STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Pompeo says North Korea will decide denuclearization timeline

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korea is "of course" closer to denuclearization, but he acknowledg...

Posted: Aug 4, 2018 3:26 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2018 3:26 PM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said North Korea is "of course" closer to denuclearization, but he acknowledged it will take some time before that happens and said the schedule for divesting the country of its missiles and weapons would be set by Kim Jong Un.

"Of course, we're closer," Pompeo said in an interview Friday with Channel NewsAsia in Singapore when asked if the summit between Kim and President Donald Trump has brought denuclearization closer.

Arms control and disarmament

Asia

Continents and regions

Donald Trump

East Asia

Embargoes and sanctions

International relations

International relations and national security

Kim Jong Un

Mike Pompeo

Military

Military weapons

North America

North Korea

North Korea nuclear development

Nuclear weapons

Political Figures - Intl

Political Figures - US

The Americas

United States

US-North Korea summit

Weapons and arms

Weapons of mass destruction

But earlier, on his way to Singapore, Pompeo had acknowledged to reporters that Kim is behaving in a "manner inconsistent" with international calls for him to set aside his nuclear program.

"Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize. The world demanded that he do so in the UN Security Council resolutions. To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are in violation of one or both of the UN Security Council resolutions," Pompeo said. "We can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for."

'The decision is his'

Pompeo had told a Senate panel on July 26 that North Korea continues to produce weapons-grade fissile material.

And on Monday, The Washington Post reported on new indicators, including satellite images, showing that North Korea could be building new liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles.

In his interview with Channel NewsAsia, Pompeo said "the ultimate timeline for denuclearization will be set by Chairman Kim, at least in part. The decision is his."

In exchange for Pyongyang's denuclearization, Pompeo reiterated US pledges to improve its relationship with North Korea and "put the North Korean people on a trajectory towards a brighter future very quickly."

North Korea has recently indicated that it feels the ball is in Washington's court and wants the US to make a "bold move" before it takes any further steps on denuclearization. North Korean officials want the US to replace the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War with a formal peace treaty that ensures the survival of Kim's regime, North Korean sources have told CNN.

The North Koreans feel they have already made ample gestures, including freezing missile testing, dismantling some nuclear sites and returning the remains of US soldiers who died in the Korean War.

Pompeo is in Singapore for a meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, where he is discussing Indo-Pacific trade, security, the debate over the South China Sea and North Korean denuclearization, the State Department said.

Pompeo told Channel NewsAsia that despite any progress, sanctions would remain in place "until we have full denuclearization in North Korea."

The US government announced new sanctions Friday against a Russian bank for helping the North Korean regime facilitate illicit financial activity and, as a result, develop its nuclear weapons program.

"The United States will continue to enforce UN and US sanctions and shut down illicit revenue streams to North Korea," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. "Our sanctions will remain in place until we have achieved the final, fully-verified denuclearization of North Korea."

The sanctions follow a Thursday tweet from Trump thanking Kim after 55 cases of what might be the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War arrived back on US soil. The President also hinted at a possible second meeting.

"Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong Un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen! I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action. Also, thank you for your nice letter - l look forward to seeing you soon!" Trump tweeted early Thursday morning.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 149940

Reported Deaths: 3779
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto10097104
Hinds9984199
Harrison7116110
Jackson6360119
Rankin5588103
Lee509195
Madison4799106
Forrest383186
Jones357688
Lauderdale3496147
Lafayette326051
Washington3179107
Lamar291550
Oktibbeha245462
Bolivar241384
Lowndes237364
Panola222350
Neshoba2206118
Marshall217250
Leflore205590
Pontotoc199928
Monroe198177
Sunflower191655
Lincoln190865
Warren176857
Tate169851
Union167325
Copiah164140
Pike162658
Yazoo156039
Scott154829
Itawamba152935
Pearl River152167
Alcorn151328
Coahoma150543
Simpson148353
Prentiss146230
Adams141950
Grenada140945
Leake134944
Holmes130861
George125524
Tippah125230
Covington123439
Winston122224
Hancock121139
Wayne117923
Marion116646
Attala113034
Tishomingo109442
Chickasaw107632
Newton105629
Tallahatchie97027
Clay91327
Clarke90553
Jasper82822
Stone77014
Walthall76928
Calhoun75513
Montgomery74525
Carroll72415
Lawrence71814
Smith71316
Yalobusha71327
Noxubee71017
Perry67026
Tunica61019
Greene60322
Claiborne58616
Jefferson Davis57017
Amite54014
Humphreys53619
Benton49318
Quitman4927
Webster44314
Kemper43618
Wilkinson39822
Jefferson35211
Franklin3395
Choctaw3357
Sharkey30917
Issaquena1164
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 244993

Reported Deaths: 3572
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson32314500
Mobile19859361
Madison13223148
Tuscaloosa13049154
Montgomery12342236
Shelby1031577
Baldwin873398
Lee775766
Morgan662650
Calhoun6301119
Etowah627666
Marshall627255
Houston525638
DeKalb485536
Cullman439442
Limestone425145
St. Clair419555
Lauderdale407854
Elmore406864
Walker3657111
Talladega351454
Jackson320423
Colbert311942
Blount292240
Autauga273542
Franklin252633
Coffee245415
Dale232654
Dallas226232
Chilton223438
Russell22193
Covington218934
Escambia198331
Chambers176850
Tallapoosa176391
Pike158614
Clarke158419
Marion140236
Winston133023
Lawrence127936
Pickens123518
Geneva12218
Marengo121524
Bibb117917
Barbour117310
Butler116541
Randolph102921
Cherokee102224
Hale97031
Clay91924
Fayette91616
Washington91219
Henry8546
Lowndes79929
Monroe78911
Cleburne77214
Macon73722
Crenshaw71130
Bullock69619
Perry6886
Conecuh68414
Lamar6798
Wilcox63518
Sumter58122
Greene42618
Choctaw42213
Coosa3444
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 41°
Columbus
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 40°
Oxford
Overcast
39° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 39°
Starkville
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 39°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather