WASHINGTON (SBG) - President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un will meet, again. That’s the word from the White House which announced a second summit to take place in late February between the U.S. and North Korean leader. They’ll meet at unannounced location, in-person for an unprecedented second discussion about denuclearization.
The announcement was preceded by a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his foreign counterparts. We sat down with Secretary Pompeo, just moments before that high-level negotiation, for an exclusive interview. Here is just a small portion of their conversation:
Scott Thuman: On North Korea, there is plenty of reporting about a delegation here, in Washington this weekend and planning for a possible second summit. Critics say since that first meeting, that North Korea has yet to truly denuclearize as far as giving up weapons, long range missiles. Some people wonder what is the point of having these conversations anymore. Is there a reason to be optimistic?
Secretary Pompeo: Yeah. Critics say ... as you began this question as I recall, some critics have said we have offered too much. Many critics have said we haven’t offered enough. I don’t have much to add other than the President has made enormous strides in working with North Korea to get the commitment to denuclearize. We now need to execute it. We need to implement it. We’ve always known this would be a long process. While we do that, we need to make sure we reduce risk and we’ve done that. There aren’t nuclear tests being conducted. There haven’t been missile tests conducted. These were things that were threatening the United States when President Trump took office. We want to reduce that risk, reduce North Korea’s capacity to build out their program. These discussions are an important component in making sure that we do everything we can to deliver on the commitments that were made in Singapore between Chairman Kim and President Trump.
Thuman: Five past presidents have tried this same thing. Is there reason to believe that this time is different?
Pompeo: Yeah. It’s the first time a North Korean leader has met with a United States President, looked him in the eye and said “I will do it.”
The rest of this in-depth, exclusive interview in which they also discuss the death of four Americans in Syria, efforts to keep Iran in check and the latest on the investigation of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, will air Sunday on Full Measure.