Pompeo: North Korea has ‘a ways to go’ to denuclearize

Pompeo: North Korea has ‘a ways to go’ to denuclearize
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents MORE said Friday that North Korea still has more work to do before fulfilling its promise to denuclearize, according to The Associated Press.

Pompeo told reporters that there is “still a ways to go before” the country fully denuclearizes, noting that North Korea is still in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

“Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize,” Pompeo said. “The world demanded that [he] do so in the U.N. Security Council resolutions. To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are in violation of one or both of the U.N. Security Council resolutions. We can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we’re looking for.”

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The secretary of State is in Singapore for the Association of South East Asian Nations annual regional forum. A senior State Department official told reporters that a private meeting between Pompeo and the North Korean foreign minister at the meeting was possible, but he would not confirm it.

The White House said Thursday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE had received another letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but did not disclose the content of the letter.

The president also suggested in a tweet Thursday that he and Kim may meet again after the two met in Singapore earlier this year, writing, “l look forward to seeing you soon!”

At the summit, North Korea had agreed to eventually denuclearize in return for unspecified security guarantees from the U.S.

The country also agreed to return the remains of Americans killed in the Korean War. Fifty-five boxes of remains arrived in Hawaii this week, and the Department of Defense said the remains were “consistent” with Americans killed in the war.