UPDATED 11:07 AM PT – Friday, April 19, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently welcomed his Japanese counterpart to Washington. Pompeo and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan met with Japan’s foreign minister and defense minister Friday amid stalled talks over dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
This comes after Pyongyang tested a new tactical weapon this week, and called for Pompeo to be removed as President Trump’s top negotiator.
U.S. officials have said they remain open to resuming denuclearization talks with the country.
“Nothing’s changed, we’re continuing to work, to negotiate..Special Representative (Stephen) Biegum and I will continue to lead the U.S. efforts to achieve what Chairman Kim committed to do back in June of last year, which was to denuclearize. As I’ve said before, he’s made that commitment to President Trump multiple times. He’s made it to me personally half a dozen times, and I’m convinced we we still have still a real opportunity to achieve that outcome. Our diplomatic team will continue to remain in the lead.” — Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State
The U.S.has no intention of easing major sanctions until North Korea completely dismantles its nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles.