South Korea and US soldiers stand guard during a commemorative ceremony for the 64th anniversary of the Korean armistice at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas July 27, 2017. (File photo: Reuters)
Los Angeles (People's Daily) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirmed the US commitment to the complete denuclearization of Korean Peninsula in a public statement, before the US-DPRK summit.
Pompeo said US President Donald Trump is fully prepared to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday in Singapore.
In an interview with Chinese broadcaster Phoenix Television, Pompeo reiterated that President Trump is willing to guarantee DPRK's safety and offer improved relations if it agrees to denuclearize.
In a brief press conference held in Singapore Tuesday, Pempeo also emphasized there is no shift in US policy on DPRK’s nuclear program and its expectation on outcome of the Singapore summit, which is a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“Until such time as we get the outcome that we’re demanding, economic relief is not going to be provided,” Pempeo told reporters.
The US delegation at Tuesday’s expanded bilateral meeting includes Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger will join for the working lunch, says a White House statement.