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Secretary of State nominee Pompeo says he will resolve North Korea issue through diplomacy

NHK reported this afternoon that CIA Director Pompeo, who has been nominated as the next secretary of state, released on Wednesday excerpts from the statement he plans to read at the Senate confirmation hearing scheduled for Thursday. The network said Pompeo will express confidence that the upcoming U.S.-DPRK summit will end in success, and stress that he will seek to resolve the North Korea issue through diplomacy. On the planned summit between the U.S. and North Korea, he reportedly plans to say: “I am confident that we will not repeat the mistakes of the past. President Trump isn’t one to play games at the negotiating table — and I won’t be either.” The network also said Pompeo will stress that he will resolve security issues through diplomacy by saying: “War is always the last resort. I would prefer achieving the President’s foreign policy goals with unrelenting diplomacy.” The network also said Pompeo will need the support of Democrats to be confirmed and there are concerns that the Trump administration will become more hawkish if Pompeo becomes the secretary of state. The network speculated that the CIA chief is trying to emphasize his stance of putting diplomacy first in preparation for the confirmation hearing.

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