US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump’s plan to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month, thrown into doubt after Trump’s comments a day earlier, was still in place.
“We must maintain America’s historic role as a truly global power, whose first instinct and overwhelming preference is to use diplomacy to solve global challenges,” Pompeo said in testimony before the US House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “We’re already seeing this in the preparations for our historic meeting with North Korea, still scheduled for June 12th.
“Our eyes are wide open to the lessons of history, but we’re optimistic that we can achieve an outcome that would be great for the world. Our posture will not change until we see credible steps taken towards the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.”