Pompeo Seeks 'Credible' North Korean Steps Toward Denuclearization

President Donald Trump

The closing was announced by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of his planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on June 12 on Singapore, although on Tuesday at the White House Trump said there is a "substantial chance" the summit might not happen, after a recent series of complaints from North Korea over certain aspects of joint exercises and comments from national security adviser John Bolton.

Trump told reporters Wednesday that "we will know next week about Singapore".

The creator of the Rogers International Commodities Index (RICI) said he's been to North Korea twice, seeking investments but the US government is holding him back, Fox Business Network explained. "It's time to solve this once and for all".

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Trump raised doubts about the summit in talks on Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to Washington to urge Trump not to let a rare opportunity with reclusive North Korea slip away.

Pompeo didn't define what "credible steps" by North Korea might look like, giving the administration leeway to make that decision later - and possibly to declare victory from a summit without an unambiguous timetable from North Korea. Asked by lawmakers whether he had a commitment from Kim to make it part of a deal, Pompeo said, "We have broad outlines of what it is that each nation is prepared to do". A failed summit would damage Trump's self-promoted image as a master deal-maker.

Pompeo's reformulation of the US demands was presaged by Trump on Tuesday, when a reporter asked if Kim could be expected to give up his nuclear capabilities all at once. "I'm very hopeful that meeting will take place". It would certainly be better if it were all-in-one.

"When we get there, in exchange for that, we're prepared to do a great deal to help the North Korean people". Pompeo said denuclearization would cover nuclear weapons, missiles, engines and systems related to space launch rockets, production of fissile material and associated technology and research.

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

It was unclear whether Trump was truly backing away from the summit or whether he was strategically coaxing North Korea to the table after decades of tension on the Korean peninsula and antagonism with Washington over its nuclear weapons program.

Trump has expressed suspicion that the North's recent barbs against the USA were influenced by Kim's unannounced trip to China two weeks ago - his second in as many months. Trump said he was displeased by China's softening of border enforcement measures against North Korea.

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