Pompeo, says Trump, it has incredibly clear’ Kim, denuking is the key to lifting of sanctions

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, right, speaks as South Korean foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, center, and Japanese foreign Minister Taro Kono listen during a joint press conference in Seoul, June 14, 2018.

(Associated Press)

President Donald Trump’s remarks about North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat “with eyes wide open,” US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

In remarks at a press conference in Seoul, the top US diplomat added that no sanctions relief North receives Korea from the US, coupled with efforts to denuclearize.

Pompeo added that Trump was “incredibly clear” to Kim, if the U.S. would lift the sanctions.

Just landed – a long journey, but everyone can make you feel much safer now, than the day I took office. It is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea. With Kim Jong-Un is an interesting and very positive experience was meeting. North Korea has a large potential for the future!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018

“We denuclearization,” he said at the joint press conference with South Korean Minister of foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-wha and the Japanese foreign Minister, Taro Kono, after their trilateral meeting in South Korea’s capital.

“Only then is exemption from the sanctions,” he added.

“We Denuclearization. Only then is exemption from the sanctions.”

– US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo

Pompeo met with his Asian counterparts after President Trump’s historic summit in Singapore this week with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, Kim agreed to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”

After his return to Washington, Trump tweeted on Wednesday that the world “sleep well tonight” and that “it is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

Pompeo said Trump was alluding to the fact that it was the first time a sitting U.S. President, met with Kim and added that the two leaders had a “blunt conversation” about the need for the Communist state back into the international community.

The president’s remarks on North Korea not as a threat were echoed Thursday by a South Korean President, Moon Jae-in, who said the trump-Kim summit meant the world had escaped the danger of war.

“There are already lots of analyses about the outcome of the summit,” Moon said Pompeo before their meeting, according to Reuters. “But I think the most important thing was that the people of the world, including those in the United States, Japan, and Koreans were all able to escape, the threat of war, nuclear weapons and missiles.”

The President was also “clear” with Kim about the need for the return of kidnapped Japanese seized from the North sea in the 1970s and 1980s, Pompeo said at the press conference.

Pompeo pushed back against reports Korean official state media of the North, to demand that Trump and Kim agreed to a “step-by-step” process, with a lot of the Interpretation of the announcement as the United States give concessions to the regime is on the way.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.

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