“Good progress today during our meetings with Kim Yong Chol and his team. North Korea and the world would benefit greatly from the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a press conference in New York Friday on the results of his meeting with the “right hand” of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Kim Yong Chol.
Pompeo said that Kim Yong Chol, the highest-ranking North Korean representative who visited the United States over the past 18 years, is planned to visit Washington on Friday to give President Trump a personal message from Kim Jong-un.
Speaking about the negotiation process between the US and North Korea, Pompeo stressed the need to use a unique opportunity to reach an agreement. He noted, in particular, that for North Korea may be in for a new era of peace, prosperity and security.
“The planned summit provides President Trump and President Kim with a historic opportunity to lead the United States and the DPRK boldly into a new era of peace, prosperity and security. Both our countries are experiencing the most important moment of our relationship, when to miss this opportunity would mean a tragedy,” said Pompeo.
The foreign minister reminded that the goal of President Trump and his administration is complete and verified denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Pompeo stated that Kim Jong-un has a historic opportunity to change the course of his state.
Noting the difficulties of the negotiation process, the Secretary of State stressed the progress achieved during the last 72 hours, during which, he said, conditions were created for the American-North Korean summit.
On the previous day, President Trump hailed the progress at the talks with North Korea in New York and that a delegation from Pyongyang is expected to deliver a letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the US president.
“I think it will be very positive. We will see what happens. It is all a process. Hopefully we will have a meeting on the (June) 12th,” Trump said.
Meanwhile, the White House says that the talks on “full denuclearization (Korean Peninsula)” do not apply to US weapons systems, which serve as a kind of security umbrella covering South Korea, and which include nuclear submarines and strategic bombers capable of carry nuclear weapons. These ships and planes are not deployed on the Korean peninsula.
According to experts, North Korea currently has more than a dozen nuclear weapons.