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Pompeo to brief Japan, S. Korea, China on Trump-Kim summit outcome

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha next week in Seoul to brief them on the outcome of a U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore.


Pompeo said he will also stop in Beijing after attending the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the first-ever summit between the two countries, slated for Tuesday.


“I will provide them with an update and underscore the importance of fully implementing all sanctions that are imposed on North Korea,” he said at a press briefing.


According to the State Department, Pompeo will travel to Seoul from Wednesday to Thursday for talks with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts.


Pompeo will also visit Beijing Thursday for meetings with senior Chinese officials, it said.


The chief U.S. diplomat will accompany Trump to Singapore from Sunday to Wednesday.


Pompeo stressed Trump “will not stand for a bad deal,” saying complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula “is the only outcome that we will find acceptable.”


In return, Trump and Kim will also discuss security assurances for North Korea, establishing a peace regime and improving relations between the two countries, he said.

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