MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE
JULY 15, 2020
QUESTION: And moving to another – speaking of sanctions, another country, North Korea – we really are going around the world. It seems – things have seemed to have been quiet with regard to North Korea and the U.S. recently. Will that – will the dialogue commence again, or how – what do you anticipate will happen with regard to our relationship with North Korea?
SECRETARY POMPEO: So there’s more – there’s more discussion than is publicly noticed. We continue to work on the problem set. In June of 2018, in Singapore, Chairman Kim and President Trump met and they laid down a broad set of objectives that were agreed to – not only denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula with a fully verified mechanism to ensure that that had taken place, but also prosperity for the North Korean people, a security situation for both North and South Korea that was satisfactory to each of them as well.
We continue to try to work with the North Koreans to achieve that. It’s – I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to have a senior discussion before too long and hopefully advance the ball in that respect. There’s been all this talk about will there be a summit before the U.S. elections in November. Now – it’s now July. I think that’s unlikely, but in the event that it was appropriate, we thought we could make material progress and the best way to do that was to put President Trump with Chairman Kim to do it, I’m confident that the North Koreans and President Trump would find that in our best interest. [Full Text]