Pompeo: US assures North Korea’s Kim it does not seek his overthrow

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

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The first aircraft carrier China has built is now undergoing sea trials

China aircraft carrier

China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier began sea trials on Sunday.
The Type 001A carrier is testing its power system ahead of entering service later this year.
The carrier is only China’s second after it retrofitted a ship bought from Ukraine in 1998.

China’s first domestically made aircraft carrier began sea trials on Sunday.

The Type 001A carrier left its port in the northeastern city of Dalian is undergoing tests of its power system, according to state-run media outlet Xinhua. Further tests are expected to check radar and communication systems as well a leakage.

The ship, which is conventionally powered, has reportedly had weapons and other systems fitted since it was launched last year. It is expected to enter service later in 2018, a year ahead of schedule.

China’s first carrier, Liaoning, was a second-hand ship purchased in 1998 from Ukraine. The new ship is an upgrade to the Soviet-era carrier and will be able to carry 35 aircraft.

The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) previously confirmed that a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is being developed and expected by 2025.

SEE ALSO: An Australian defense official reportedly confirmed China’s desire for increased military presence in the South Pacific

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Washington Capitals pull away, beat Tampa Bay Lightning for 2-0 series lead

TAMPA, Fla. — The Washington Capitals scored in the opening minute of the game and twice in the last 1:02 of the second period to pull away to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference final.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov and Lars Eller each had a goal and two assists. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist apiece.

Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly also scored for the Caps, who took the first two games of the best-of-seven matchup on the road. Since 1974-75, teams that take a 2-0 lead in the conference final or semifinal have a series record of 39-2 (95.1 percent).

Game 3 is Tuesday night in Washington.

Braden Point and Steven Stamkos had early power-play goals for Tampa Bay, which rebounded after falling behind on Wilson’s goal 28 seconds into the game.

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