June 14, 2018 12:37
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is making the rounds of Seoul and Beijing to brief them on the historic U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore on Tuesday.
In a joint statement, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged to implement their agreement through follow-up negotiations between Pompeo and a senior North Korean official.
Pompeo arrived in Seoul on Wednesday evening and paid a courtesy visit to President Moon Jae-in at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday morning before meeting with Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.
Kang and Pompeo then sat down with their Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, who also arrived here Wednesday.
Publicly Pompeo has been adamant that the agreement with North Korea is far more concrete and detailed than meets the eye, lashing out at reporters Wednesday who questioned the vague wording of North Korea's commitment to denuclearization.
He angrily dismissed criticism of the agreement which left out the oft-repeated term "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization." "Let me assure you that the 'complete' encompasses 'verifiable' in the minds of everyone concerned. One can't completely denuclearize without validating, authenticating," he said.
He explained to Moon, Kang and Kono what exactly has been agreed behind the scenes and how the U.S. hopes to verify that North Korea is really giving up its nuclear weapons.
He flies to Beijing in the late afternoon.
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