Pompeo criticizes ‘insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous’ question

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIsrael scales back work with UN Human Rights Council after US exit The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Immigration drama grips Washington The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines – First lady makes surprise visit to migrant children at border MORE blasted a reporter on Wednesday after the journalist asked why the denuclearization of North Korea was not included in an agreement signed between the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTom Arnold claims to have unreleased 'tapes' of Trump Cohen distances himself from Tom Arnold, says they did not discuss Trump US military indefinitely suspends two training exercises with South Korea MORE.

“The president said it will be verified," the reporter said to Pompeo in South Korea, to which Pompeo responded, "Of course it will."

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"Can you tell us a little bit more about what is, what is — what discussed about how," the reporter continued. 

“Just so you know, you could ask me this, I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous," Pompeo said. "I just have to be honest with you, it’s a game and one ought not to play games with serious matters like this."

The secretary of state said on Wednesday that the U.S. wants quick progress on North Korea's promise to dismantle its nuclear program. 

“We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two and a half years, something like that” he said. “We’re hopeful we can get it done. There’s a lot of work left to do."

Pompeo noted that the agreement's specifics needed to be reached, but that the goal of the agreement was in print and signed by Trump and Kim. 

“I suppose we — you — could argue semantics, but let me assure you it’s in the document,” he said. “I am confident that they understand what we’re prepared to do, the handful of things that we’re likely not prepared to do.”

The agreement signed by Trump and Kim includes "security guarantees" from the U.S. in return for “the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

No details or timetable are provided in the document.