Pompeo: Trump administration has ‘eyes wide open’ on North Korea

Pompeo: Trump administration has ‘eyes wide open’ on North Korea

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Second Trump-Kim summit planned for next month | Pelosi accuses Trump of leaking Afghanistan trip plans | Pentagon warns of climate threat to bases | Trump faces pressure to reconsider Syria exit Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation Trump to meet with top North Korean official to discuss 'fully verified' denuclearization MORE said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the Trump administration has its “eyes wide open” when it comes to North Korea.

“This administration has its eyes wide open. We know the history. We know the risks. We’re going to be very different. We’re going to negotiate in a different way than has been done before,” Pompeo told ABC’s “This Week.”

“We use the word irreversible with great intention. We’re going to require those steps that demonstrate that denuclearization is going to be achieved. We’re not going to make promises. We’re not going to take words. We’re going to look for actions and deeds.”

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The remarks follow Pompeo’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who last week crossed into South Korea for a historic gathering with President Moon Jae-in. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE has pushed back against criticism, saying he won’t be “played” by Pyongyang.

“We're not going to be played, OK? We’re going to hopefully make a deal, if not that’s fine,” Trump said Friday. 

Moon and Kim have pledged to work toward denuclearization.

Trump is preparing for his own meeting with Kim, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks.