Pompeo corrects Trump, says North Korea is a nuclear threat
01 July, 2018, 03:22 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
"I'm not prepared to talk about the details of the discussions that are taking place", he said, "I think it would be inappropriate and, frankly, counterproductive to achieving the end state that we're hoping to achieve".
"In the face of continued sanctions on North Korea, full-fledged economic cooperation seems to be hard in reality", he said. "I think his point was a fair one. So they are still on our side", Pompeo added.
In their summit, Kim and Moon called for "practical steps" toward the "connection and modernization" of railways and roads between South Korea's capital, Seoul, and North Korea's Sinuiju, a port town on its border with China, and also along the peninsula's "eastern transportation corridor".
The images stand in stark contrast to Trump's recent declaration that the North Korean regime no longer poses a nuclear threat, even though the meeting produced no verifiable proof that North Korea will discontinue its nuclear program. The vows to upgrade the North's railways and roads will remain purely aspirational until worldwide sanctions against North Korea are lifted and the South is freed to take material steps.
However, that being said, North Korea remains tiny and backward.
On June 19, the United States and South Korea had announced that the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise would be suspended temporarily to facilitate dialogue with the North Korean regime and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Seoul shut down the industrial park in 2016 in retaliation for the North's ballistic missile and nuclear tests. "Today, following the summit, we are in a dramatically different place".
"We have no way to stop this or verify any pledges to freeze", he said, noting that Kim has intentionally only agreed to freeze full blown testing, not production. "Every indication since the beginning of the year is that Pyongyang is seeking to exploit diplomacy to its advantage, including by continuing to improve its arsenal", Mount told CNN.
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