14 June 2018Hot off the Press
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters on Wednesday (local time) the US is aiming for “major disarmament” of North Korea by the end of 2020, before Donald Trump finishes his first presidential term.
It comes as President Trump wrote in a tweet that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat and that “everybody can now feel much safer” as a result of the so-called deal brokered with the DPRK.
Mr Trump tweeted:
Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
However, there is much scepticism about the agreement made between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with critics saying the unprecedented summit in Singapore failed to produce anything of any real substance, and did not adequately address Pyongyang’s nuclear abilities.
In the joint statement issued by the two leaders, Mr Trump committed to providing “security guarantees” to North Korea, which includes an end to US military exercises in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula.
In return, Chairman Kim committed North Korea to working toward “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.
But the statement itself does not specify whether the denuclearisation will be verifiable and irreversible.
“Let me assure you that ‘complete’ encompasses verifiable in the minds of everyone concerned,” Secretary Pompeo said.
“One can’t completely denuclearise without validating, authenticating.”