Pompeo made the assertion throughout a information convention with the South Korean and Japanese overseas ministers in Seoul Thursday, 24 hours after North Korean chief Kim Jong Un touched down in Pyongyang, triumphant after his assembly with US President Donald Trump.
North Korean state media KCNA reported Wednesday that Trump had mentioned lifting sanctions in opposition to Pyongyang throughout his talks with Kim in Singapore.
“The President of the US expressed the potential of suspending the US – South Korea joint navy workouts … and, as progress is made out of dialogue and negotiations, lifting sanctions in opposition to DPRK,” state media stated.
However Pompeo stated Thursday that Trump had been very clear there would solely be sanctions reduction after “full denuclearization.”
“He has stated this from the very starting, he stated it once more to Chairman Kim and he stated it in his press convention following his assembly with Chairman Kim,” he informed reporters.
Pompeo is on a tour of East Asia visiting with US allies and diplomatic companions to transient them on Trump’s talks. From South Korea, he’ll fly to China for conferences with high officers in Beijing later Thursday.
Canceling drills requires ‘consultations’: South Korea
Nevertheless talking reverse Secretary Pompeo on Thursday, South Korean Overseas Minister Kang Kyung-wha stated choices to droop the workouts would “require consultations.”
“This is a matter that entails the Korea-US alliance and this requires consultations between the navy authorities of the 2 nations the Korea and america and will probably be the case sooner or later as nicely,” she informed reporters.
It echoed feedback made after Trump’s Tuesday announcement, when South Korea’s presidential workplace stated they wanted “to determine president Trump’s correct which means and intention.”
Pompeo additionally met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, who once more described the Trump-Kim summit as “very profitable.”
“There are numerous opinions concerning the assembly, however an important factor is that the talks have made it potential for folks world wide, together with the folks of the US, SK and Japan, to flee the threats of battle, nuclear threats and the threats of lengthy vary missiles,” Moon stated in a press release.
Xi pushed Trump to droop drills, supply says
Following his talks with Japan and South Korea, Pompeo will head to Beijing to transient the Chinese language authorities on Trump’s assembly with Kim. He is attributable to meet with Overseas Minister Wang Yi earlier than talks with President Xi Jinping at 9 p.m. native time (9 a.m. ET).
The supply added Xi had a number of direct conversations with Trump concerning the subject earlier than the US President met with Kim.
“In the event that they finish these workouts then folks in South Korea will start to query why are US troops even there?” Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Energy Challenge at CSIS, informed CNN.
However each the Japanese and South Korean overseas ministers have been agency of their statements on Thursday that the US alliance was robust and US troops have been there to remain.
“Secretary Pompeo and I reaffirm that the South Korean US alliance … is strong as ever, that the US forces in Korea has performed and can proceed to play an important function for deterrence and peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula,” Kang stated.
CNN’s Jake Kwon contributed to this text.