By Carol Morello and Anne Gearan | The Washington Post
The United States is assuring North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that his ouster is not part of the agenda for the summit next month between Kim and President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday.
“We will have to provide security assurances, to be sure,” Pompeo said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
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The promise not to invade North Korea or otherwise seek Kim’s overthrow would be incentive for him to give up his nuclear weapons.
“This has been a trade-off that has been pending for 25 years,” Pompeo said, referring to the long history of failed negotiations with Pyongyang as well as the North Korean narrative that the United States is a mortal threat.
Trump is scheduled to meet Kim in Singapore on June 12 for an unprecedented summit.
On CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Pompeo said he had already provided that assurance to Kim.
“I have told him that what President Trump wants is to see the North Korean regime get rid of its nuclear weapons program, completely and in totality, and in exchange for that we are prepared to ensure that the North Korean people get the opportunity that they so richly deserve.”
“No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible, that the Americans would actually do this, would lead to the place where America was no longer held at risk by the North Korean regime,” Pompeo said.
The U.S. position is not new — Pompeo’s predecessor, Rex Tillerson, also had stressed that the United States would not seek Kim’s ouster — but it carries …read more
Source:: The Mercury News