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Ahead of Trump-Kim summit, Pompeo says North Korea will get ‘unique’ security guarantees

US offered “unique” security guarantees to North Korea if it accepts a “complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement” of its nuclear programme ahead of Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

world Updated: Jun 11, 2018 17:14 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Singapore
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U.S. President Donald Trump flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attend a lunch with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and officials at the Istana in Singapore June 11, 2018. (REUTERS)

The United States is willing to offer North Korea “unique” security guarantees if it embarks on “complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

On the eve of a historic summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, Pompeo sounded an upbeat tone, saying that preparatory talks were advancing more quickly than expected.

Stating that the United States would not again be duped by North Korea, Pompeo said the Trump administration would only accept complete denuclearisation.

In return, he said, “we will take actions to provide them sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearisation is not something that ends badly for them,” Pompeo said.

“Just the opposite. That it leads to a brighter and better future for the North Korean people.”

Pompeo said these guarantees would be “different and unique” than America has been willing to provide before.

“I’m very optimistic we will have a successful outcome with the two leaders,” he said.

“There are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude. Those two people will sit in a room tomorrow.”

First Published: Jun 11, 2018 16:16 IST