Pompeo says ‘enormous’ work left on N. Korea

WASHINGTON, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that an "enormous" amount of work remains to be done to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program following a historic summit between the two countries' leaders in June.

Speaking at a press event in New Delhi, India, Pompeo said the two sides are continuing negotiations in the wake of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's commitment to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula at his Singapore summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to Chung Eui-yong, the top national security adviser to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim renewed that commitment during a meeting between the two in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

"It is the case that there is still an enormous amount of work to do," Pompeo said, according to an official transcript. "We haven't had any nuclear tests, we haven't had any missile tests, which we consider a good thing. But the work of convincing Chairman Kim to make the strategic shift that we've talked about for a brighter future for the people of North Korea continues."

He refused to elaborate on the negotiations.

Last month, Pompeo was scheduled to make a fourth trip to Pyongyang, but Trump called it off abruptly, citing a lack of progress in the North's denuclearization.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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