Pompeo: Not yet 'remotely close' to achieving goals with North Korea

Pompeo: Not yet 'remotely close' to achieving goals with North Korea

Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim, and Kim Dong-chul flashed peace signs as they emerged from the airplane, and they appeared to be in decent health.

Three American men who had been held by North Korea touched USA soil once again early Thursday, where they were met by President Trump, who has hailed his diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for winning their freedom. That will be the first time leaders of the US and North Korea have ever met face-to-face. Secondly, some predict that Kim will demand that US troops withdraw from South Korea.

Pompeo, who has just returned from Pyongyang, said he had "good" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"We're not talking about sanctions relief at this point", Kang said.

"Now that North Korea has accepted in principle that agreements should be verified, USA negotiators should hold them to this standard for any subsequent agreement", said Adam Mount, a senior defense analyst at the Federation of American Scientists.

"I want to thank Kim Jong Un", Trump said on the tarmac. Trump said on Twitter. "I think you probably broke the all-time in history television rating for 3 o'clock in the morning", he said.

"I think this will be a very big success".


Mr Pompeo said there would need to be "complete" and "verifiable" denuclearisation that would remove North Korea as a threat to the South, the United States and the rest of the world. He was arrested in October 2015. For about 70 years since the Korean War, the US and North Korea have been hostile to one another.

He was sentenced in April 2016 to 10 years of hard labor.

North Korea pledged to reopen an investigation into the whereabouts of any remaining Japanese abductees in 2014.

The men released a statement through the State Department: "We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home. God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world".

A general view of the Singapore skyline from Merlion Park at sunrise, in this file photo dated September 18, 2016. "We are very, very happy".

The US President had earlier said on his Twitter it would be "quite a scene" when the detainees arrived in Washington. In June 2008, worldwide broadcasters were allowed to air the demolishing of a cooling tower at the Nyongbyon reactor site, a year after the North reached an agreement with the USA and four other nations to disable its nuclear facilities in return for an aid package worth about $400 million. "My proudest achievement will be - this is part of it - when we denuclearise that entire peninsula".

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