Korea

As Pompeo heads to North Korea, State Department denies softening

The State Department on Thursday denied that the United States had softened its approach toward North Korean denuclearization, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to Pyongyang hoping to agree a roadmap for its nuclear disarmament.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. Our policy toward North Korea has not changed,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on the way to Pyongyang.

“We are committed to a denuclearized North Korea and Secretary Pompeo looks forward to continuing his consultations with North Korean leaders to follow up on the commitments made at the Singapore summit,” she added.

Pompeo will spend a day and a half in North Korea on Friday and Saturday on his third trip to Pyongyang, and his first since an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June.

It will also be Pompeo’s first overnight stop in Pyongyang, with which the United States had remained technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in an armistice not a peace treaty.

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