Pompeo: U.S. will ensure verification of N. Korea’s denuclearization

SINGAPORE, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the United States will make sure to verify any dismantlement of North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Tuesday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Pompeo singled out "verification" as the missing element in previous agreements to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

"The 'V' matters," he said in reference to the acronym for the U.S. aim of complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID) of North Korea. "We're going to ensure that we set up a system sufficiently robust to verify ... that's what was missing before."

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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