US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: Confident G-7 ties will move forward despite clash

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaving the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, where he held a news briefing, on June 11, 2018.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaving the JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach, where he held a news briefing, on June 11, 2018.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

SINGAPORE (REUTERS) - United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday (June 11) he was confident that relations between the United States and Group of Seven (G-7) countries would continue to move forward, in spite of a major clash over trade at a weekend summit in Canada.

"There are always irritants in relationships. I am very confident that the relationships between our countries... will continue to move forward on a strong basis," Mr Pompeo told a news briefing ahead of an unprecedented summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

Mr Pompeo praised European countries for helping bring about the summit scheduled for Tuesday, saying it could not have happened without them.