(CNSNews.com) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Fox News yesterday that the ultimate purpose of the deal the President Donald Trump wants to strike with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is to ensure that North Korea gives up the capability of being able to strike the United States with a nuclear weapon.
Pompeo also indicated that the U.S. is ready to assure the North Korean regime that the U.S. will not threaten its continued existence if it agrees to this.
“But make no mistake about it: America's interest here is preventing the risk that North Korea will launch a nuclear weapon into L.A. or Denver or into the very place we're sitting here this morning,” Pompeo said in an interview with Chris Wallace.
Trump is set to meet with Kim in Singapore on June 12:
Here is the excerpt from Pompeo’s interview on Fox where he explains what Trump is trying to achieve in his meeting with Kim:
Wallace: “And as part of that, are we, in effect, saying to Kim: If you give us what we want, you can stay on in power?”
Pompeo: “We will have to provide security assurances to be sure. This has been a tradeoff that has been pending for 25 years. 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. That's the objectives. When I said earlier this week that I think Chairman Kim shares the objectives with the American people, I am convinced of that. Now, the task is for President Trump and he to meet to validate the process by which this would go forward, to set out those markers so that we can negotiate this outcome.”
Wallace: “Do you have any problem, given Kim's history and the history of his family as an oppressive regime, any problems with the idea of the U.S., even if we get our deal, in effect, giving a security guarantee to the Kim regime?”
Pompeo: “Look, we'll have to see how the negotiations proceed, but make no mistake about it: America's interest here is preventing the risk that North Korea will launch a nuclear weapon into LA or Denver or into the very place we're sitting here this morning, Chris. That's our objective, that's the end state the president has laid out, and that's the mission that he sent me on this past week to put us on the trajectory to go achieve that.”