US hopes for North Korean disarmament by 2021

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the summit at Capella Singapore, on June 12, 2018.
US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during the summit at Capella Singapore, on June 12, 2018. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The United States hopes to achieve "major disarmament" by North Korea by 2021, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday, speaking a day after President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit in Singapore. Mr Pompeo was in Seoul to brief South Korean officials on what was agreed between the two leaders.

Speaking to reporters and asked if he would like to accomplish major nuclear disarmament within Mr Trump's current term, which ends on Jan 20, 2021, he replied: "Oh yes, most definitively... We are hopeful that we can achieve that in the 21/2 years." He was confident the North Koreans understood there would be in-depth verification, and added he believed the US would begin the next engagement with the North "in the next week or so". On his return home, Mr Trump insisted North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'US hopes for N. Korean disarmament by 2021'. Print Edition | Subscribe