Nikkei reported online on a press conference on Thursday by Secretary of State Pompeo, during which he stressed that in talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump will not compromise on the issue of denuclearization. “You can be sure that President Trump will not stand for a bad deal,” said the Secretary. “The United States has been clear, time and time again, that complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that we will find acceptable.” The Secretary expressed confidence that the President is fully prepared for the historic sit-down with the DPRK leader by saying: “We have been providing the President all the information that he needs. I am very confident that the President will be fully prepared when he meets with his North Korean counterpart.” The Secretary went on to say: “President Trump is hopeful, but he’s also going into the summit with his eyes wide open.”
The daily added that after accompanying the President for the Singapore summit, the Secretary will travel to South Korea and China on June 13-14 and that in Seoul he will hold a trilateral session with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts to share the results of the Trump-Kim meeting.