Pompeo: 'There Will Be No Concessions' to North Korea During Talks

By Susan Jones | March 12, 2018 | 5:48am EDT
CIA Director Mike Pompeo (Photo: Screen grab/"Fox News Sunday")

(CNSNews.com) - No time or date has been set for President Trump's anticipated meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, but "make no mistake about it," CIA Director Mike Pompeo told "Fox News Sunday."

"While these negotiations are going on, there will be no concessions made. The activity of this administration to disrupt the North Korean economy, to put pressure on North Korea, to galvanize the world in a way that you have countries from the Middle East to Europe and Asia placing sanctions on the North Korean regime -- those will continue, and we will see how the talks and the negotiations proceed."

 

Pompeo said Kim is coming to the negotiating table because of all the sanctions pressure applied to him by the Trump administration. And Pompeo said the CIA has an important role to play as the conversations happen:

"We need to make sure that we can inform the president of the history of deceit of this regime, where they have committed to things in the agreed-upon framework and that subsequently, we need to make sure that we go into this discussion understanding those risks."

Pompeo said he has just finished re-reading the CIA history of U.S. negotiations with North Korea that have taken place over the years. "I'll admit, I took a couple of hours to watch Wichita State basketball. But I reread them. Never before had we had the North Koreans in the position where their economy was at such risk and where their leadership was under such pressure that they would begin conversations on the terms that Kim Jong-un has conceded to at this time."

Pompeo noted that Kim has committed to stopping nuclear testing, stopping missile tests, allowing U.S.-South Korean military exercises to go forward --"something that has been incredibly contentious in the past, and at the same time saying that the denuclearization -- complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization is a topic for discussion."

"These are real achievements," Pompeo said. "These are conditions that the North Korean regime has never submitted to in exchange for conversations."

Pompeo also said President Trump isn't doing this for "theater."

"He's going to solve a problem," Pompeo said. "And so, the location of the meeting will determine the exact timing of the meeting. The president and the team will figure out. But what's most important is what's discussed and the clarity and the strength and resolve of this president and this administration to achieve the outcomes that America so desperately deserves."

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