Pompeo, traveling in Seoul after two days in Singapore for President Donald Trump's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, declined to offer further clarity on a timetable for Pyongyang to dismantle its nuclear program, a step Trump said this week that he believes North Korea is willing to negotiate towards.
US President Donald Trump (2nd R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (2nd L) sign documents as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) look on at a signing ceremony during the US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. "Whatever you want. Just stop touching me!'" Corden said on The Late Late Show.
Those details could prove major sticking points in the future while North Korea is believed to maintain a nuclear arsenal capable of threatening the United States mainland.
Trump pledged to work on the issue, but the Singapore agreement included no language on the return of abductees.
The joint statement released Tuesday was scant on the details, leaving the agreement between Trump and Kim vague.
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When asked why the words "verifiable" and "irreversible" weren't included in the statement - words that form part of a State Department policy of "complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization", or CVID, before lifting sanctions on North Korea - Pompeo said, "I find that question insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous". Moon met Kim in April and again in May as Pyongyang made a diplomatic push following a provocative run of nuclear and missile tests in 2017.
The news on television and the front page of the ruling Workers' Party newspaper was something North Koreans never would have imagined just months ago - their leader Kim Jong Un warmly shaking hands with US President Donald Trump.
While Mr Trump has confirmed Mr Kim has agreed to work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, it was only briefly referenced twice in the article. Independent experts say the North could have enough fissile material for anywhere between about a dozen and 60 nuclear bombs, and previous year it tested long-range missiles that could reach the US.
On the future of the denuclearisation process, Pompeo said, "I don't know exactly what the timing will be for our next conversation with the North Koreans". It has resisted any practical efforts to get rid of them.
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A Democrat, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, told VOA "the [North Korean] nuclear threat will not be over until they have dismantled their entire nuclear establishment and removed both their enrichment capacity and their weapons". Jong Un is widely suspected of killing of his half-brother.
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After the day of meetings, Trump said that the two had a "special bond" and that Kim was a "very talented man".
Scalise has concerns about whether, after years of saber rattling, denuclearization will actually happen, he said early Tuesday.
Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable.
The reported agreement, if confirmed by the U.S., could be considered as a concession by Trump because USA officials had called for the North to take swift disarmament measures before getting major outside concessions and benefits.
FNC interviewer Bret Baier pressed Trump about North Korea's dismal human rights record, pointing out that: "But he's (Kim) done some really bad things".
"Countries like Iran and Cuba and other two-bit rogue regimes don't have nuclear weapons, yet", Cotton told Hugh Hewitt.
KCNA also asserted Trump had "expressed his intention" to lift sanctions against the North something the United States president had told a blockbuster press conference would happen "when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor".
North Korea's neighbors have grown accustomed to living with a nuclear North Korea.