Pompeo Seeks 'Credible' North Korean Steps Toward Denuclearization

President Donald Trump right chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Eight journalists from South Korea departed for rival North Korea on Wednesday after the North allowed them to join the small group of foreign media in the country to witness the dismantling of its nuclear test site this week, Seoul officials said.

President Trump said the U.S. would know next week if a summit would take place.

A presidential Blue House official in Seoul also told reporters a North Korea security guarantee is the "only way" to relieve North Korean anxiety over complete denuclearization.

Top White House officials will travel to Singapore this weekend to confer with a North Korean delegation on logistical and agenda items for the summit, a person familiar with the plans confirms.

Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on June 12 on Singapore, although on Tuesday at the White House Trump said there is a "substantial chance" the summit might not happen, after a recent series of complaints from North Korea over certain aspects of joint exercises and comments from national security adviser John Bolton.

Yoon Young-chan, senior secretary for public relations, said Moon assured Trump of North Korea's honest intentions, Seoul Economic Daily reported Wednesday.

Trump raised doubts about the summit in talks on Tuesday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who came to Washington to urge Trump not to let a rare opportunity with reclusive North Korea slip away. Libya's longtime autocratic leader Moammar Gadhafi was killed several years later after a Western-backed military intervention. He's said he will succeed where his predecessors failed in persuading North Korea to give up its ambitions to become a nuclear superpower. When asked if there could be an incremental approach, providing incentives along the way to the North, he said, "I don't think I want to totally commit myself".

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Mr Pompeo said the U.S. was prepared to walk away from the talks and a "bad deal" was not an option.

Many observers had argued before Mr Trump met Mr Moon that there was too much at stake for Washington and Pyongyang not to proceed with the Singapore summit.

Pompeo said that "if we can get America's interests safe and secure we are prepared to do a great deal", including security assurances for Kim.

However, based on his own discussions with the North Korean leader, Pompeo said he was hopeful that Trump could convince Kim to make a strategic decision to denuclearise.

"That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim", he said.

Pompeo said Kim "asked for the meeting, the president agreed to meet with him".

"We will know next week about Singapore", he told reporters at the White House before leaving for NY, the day after acknowledging that there's a "very substantial chance" the summit will be canceled. He said they had discussed their mutual goals for the talks.

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