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Pompeo continues to defend North Korea-U.S. joint declaration in Seoul Updated: 2018-06-14 13:10:52 KST


Joining us now to discuss that press conference between the foreign ministers, as well as looking back on the North Korea-U.S. summit itself, is Dr. Bong Young-shik, from the Yonsei Institute for North Korea Studies. It's good to have you with us again.

My pleasure.

1 - Let's start with some of the details that came out of the press conference. Once again Mike Pompeo, and Japanese foreign minister Taro Kono, talked about CVID, complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. However, as we all now know that wasn't included in agreement signed in Singapore. Pompeo has tried to justify it saying that the phrase 'complete denuclearization' is enough to cover verification as well. What do you say to that?

2 - One point that both Kang and Kono stressed as well is that the June 12th summit is only the start. They seemed to imply that the declaration is the start and that more will be built from that. Is that foundation strong enough to move forward? (or is it just too vague?)

3 - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went straight from the summit in Singapore to Seoul to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in as well as Kang and Kono. I guess we can see this as a message that the U.S. values the cooperation of its allies. But then at the same time, reports seem to suggest South Korea and Japan were not consulted in Trump's decision to stop joint military drills. What should be made of this?

3a - There are some who suggest that actually stopping the drills is not that big a deal, that it has been done before, and they can be restarted at any time. Does this argument have some weight?

4. - Pompeo has revealed that talks with North Korea will continue next week. How much do you think the U.S. will try to work with South Korea moving forward?

5 - The Japanese foreign minister was also at the talks today. Japan has been making efforts to try to avoid being sidelined in the situation with North Korea. What role do you see them playing going forwards?

6 - Pompeo will be going to China next. What do you think he will want to get out of the meeting with Beijing?

7 - Beijing has already started talking about lifting of sanctions. Trump has said that for now that won't be happening and that was also stressed at the foreign ministers meeting today. Do you foresee some tensions between Beijing and Washington over this issue?

8 - Today there were also the inter-Korean military talks that took place. It's the first time in some 10 years that this type of meeting is being held. What was on the agenda today?

8a - Do you think they would have talked about Trump's announcement that joint South Korea-U.S. military drills were being halted?

9 - In North Korean state media reports of the summit, it quotes Kim as saying that if the U.S. takes genuine measures for building trust, North Korea would also take additional good-will measures. What do you think they could be?

10 - Pompeo said that he is hopeful that denuclearization of North Korea could happen within the next two and half years, which is essentially before the end of Trump's first term in office. Is this a realistic target?

11 - What is your overall reaction to the North Korea-U.S. summit?

Thank you for your time today.
Reporter : kwon@arirang.com
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