‘I find that question insulting and ridiculous’: Pompeo gets testy with reporter who asks how the US will make sure North Korea denuclearizes
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took exception with a reporter Wednesday when asked for more details on the verification process surrounding the North Korea’s denuclearization.
The agreement signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does not include explicit details about verification.
Despite such concerns, Pompeo on Wednesday said he’s “confident” Pyongyang understands there will be “in-depth verification.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took exception Wednesday to a reporter’s ask for more details on the verification process surrounding the the denuclearization process involving North Korea.
The reporter questioned why the document signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was not more specific in terms of calling for a verification process.
Pompeo was asked if North Korea’s denuclearization would be “verifiable and irreversible” and why this phrase was not included in the agreement Trump and Kim signed. The secretary of state has used this language to describe what the US would require in terms of denuclearization in the past.
“We are committed to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Pompeo tweeted in late May.
But on Wednesday, Pompeo called it an issue of “semantics.”
“You’re just – because ‘complete’ encompasses verifiable and irreversible. It just – I suppose we – you could argue semantics, but let me assure you that it’s in the document,” Pompeo said, according to a State Department transcript of the exchange.
The reporter then asked for further details on how the verification process would occur, which seemed to spark Pompeo’s ire.
‘I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous’
Here is an excerpt of the exchange:
QUESTION: And the President said it will be verified.
SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course it will.
QUESTION: Can you tell us a little bit more about —
SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course it will. I mean —
QUESTION: …read more
Source:: Business Insider