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

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoBiden loves the Georgia boycott — So why won't he boycott the Beijing Olympic games? The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Five things to watch for at the GOP's donor retreat 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 TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech 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.