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and ballistic missile programs. these programs threaten our homeland our allies and partners and the broader nonproliferation regime. north korea's path ken made -- to make what is the proliferation to other actors that creates in addition to the primary risks. it has supporting infrastructure that is also a concern. in early 2017 the trump administration decided on a policy we have referred to as the maximum pressure campaign to the campaign enacted the strongest economic and diplomatic sanctions against north korea in history. the goal was to set the conditions for the dprk to make a strategic decision to denuclearize as the best means by which will achieve its own security. american leadership rally the international community and send a strong message to senator kim jong-un and the world that we will not stand for the dprk
illegal weapons programs. the presence of bold decision to meet with sharon -- the chairman with this strong and targeted campaign. it led to the historic summit that will take place on june 12 and singapore. back on march 8 chairman and kim jong-un expressed his desire to meet with president trump's it is possible and that on may 9 i met with chairman kim jong owned in pyongyang and described expectations for denuclearization but at that time we secured the release of three americans. we view this as a sign of goodwill with chairman kim jong un. the united states and north korea have been holding direct talks in preparation for a summit in north korea is has confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize. a comprehensive whole of government effort in support of president trump's upcoming summit is underway.
the white house and state department lead advance teams finalizing logistical preparations and will remain in place in singapore until the summit begins. the president continues to follow every development closely and is getting daily briefings from his national security team. the fact that our two leaders are coming to the table shows the two sides are very serious. diplomatic efforts are different from past efforts. it gives us hope that we can find real success where past efforts have fallen short. president trump is hopeful that he is also going to the summit with his eyes wide open. we have seen how many and adequate agreements have been struck in the past and you can be sure president trump will not stand for a bad deal. the united states has been clear time and time again the complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the only outcome that we will find acceptable.
the president recognizes that north korea has great potential and looks forward to a day when sanctions on the dprk can begin to be removed however that cannot happen until the dprk completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs. president trump and chairman kim will certainly discuss security insurances for the dprk establishing a regime in improving relations between our countries. until we achieve our goals the measures of the world alongside the united states has put on the regime will remain. the event that diplomacy does not move in the right direction these measures will increase. throughout the entire process united states has been unified with japan and south korea in response to the threats to north korea. i will be traveling -- excuse me i will be traveling to meet with my japanese and south korean counterparts after the summit to continue to coordinate with them
i will also stop in beijing following the singapore summit that it will provide them with the data underscore the importance of fully implementing all sanctions that are imposed on north korea. president trump recognizes north korea's desire for security and is prepared to ensure the dprk free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure north korea. president trump's made it clear that if kim jong un denuclearize is there some where brighter path for north korea and its people. we envision a strong connected secure and prosperous north korea integrated to the community of nations. we think the people of the united states and north korea can create a future defined by friendship and collaboration and not by mistrust and fear. we believe that chairman kim jong un shares this positive direction to the future and committed to finding a path forward and we assume and hope that this is sincere. i looked or to being in
singapore in just a few days. >> will take questions. >> what progress have you made in narrowing the gap in your understanding of north korea's definition of denuclearization has there have been progress? can you address that a little bit? >> no. >> that was quick. >> as you mentioned in your remarks north korea in the past has reneged on prior agreements it's made with the u.s. government. a question for you. the first question has to do with your experience meeting with kim jong-un. you trust him and my second question has to do with the negotiations that are upcoming with north korea. who in your opinion has the
upper hand in the negotiations? >> with respect to your first question i had a chance to meet with kim jong-un twice now. i can tell you he's very her capable of articulating the things that he is for. to do and present clearly the challenges that we all have to overcome and that's why the two leaders are meeting with an opportunity to lay those out clearly between the two leaders so that we can see if we can find a path forward together and choose outcomes of both countries want. and your second question? >> who has the upper hand? >> yeah. we don't think about it in terms of who has the upper hand. it's been a long intractable challenge that has gone on for decades. the president has said repeatedly previous administrations were prepared to do what we have done already. it's not about who has the upper hand. about trying to find a way where the two sides can come together with concrete steps.
>> the president said he believes he doesn't need to prepare her a much ahead of the summit. do you think that's a good approach in a fight to get your reaction to redo gil and his comments that kim jong-un got on his hands and knees and beg and whether you agree with that assessment. >> with respect to your second question i'd took him as being in a small room and not eating serious about the comment and it was a bit in just. we are moving forward. we are focused on the important things. i know rudy really doesn't speak for the administration when it comes to his negotiation and his side of the issue. with respect to your first question we are making progress inch by inch and we will travel there.
the approach the president taking is fundamentally different. there've been months and months of detailed negotiations and they have got nowhere. this is driven us to a place we have not been able to achieve before. >> thank you mr. speaker to do the presence of today if the singapore meeting goes well he will wring kim jong-un to washington possibly for the meeting. has moon jae-in invited him? >> i'm not going to talk about the conversations of that has been had between the north korea and the united states. it comes back to the other question you asked about the president's preparation. my previous role and i've said this before and you can look it up there were few days that i left the oval office after having briefed the president that we didn't talk about north korea's over months and months and days and days president trump's been receiving briefings on this issue about the military
aspects in the commercial economic aspects of the come of it through their relationship and in the past few months there have been near daily briefings including today where we have been providing the president all the information that he needs. i'm very confident the president will be fully prepared when he meets with our north korean counterparts. >> would the tell us about what the pinions you have formed the kim jong-un as a person i haven't spent that much time with him. what i have said publicly is he has indicated to me personally that he is prepared to denuclearize that he understands that the current model does not work and he is prepared to do to denuclearize and he understands we can't do it the way we have done it before. this has to be big and bold and we have to agree to making major changes. we can't step through this over years but rather we need to
acknowledge it will take some amount of time. it doesn't happen instantaneously but that the model for succeeding, security insurance and political marmol is asian canteen nuclearization completely verifiably and a reversibly for that to take place we have got to make chairman kim jong-un is prepared in a strategic understanding of this security. >> he's said the president -- security for north korea. when a new administration comes in they can undo things that prior administrations have done. how can president trump guarantee long-term security for north korea? >> we are going to have to do
things that convince chairman kim but that is the case. let me give you an example. we are hopeful that we will put ourselves in the position where we can do something the previous administration did not do. they cite a flimsy piece of paper and we are hoping to submit a document that congress would have a say in that would give currency and strengthened elongation to the process so when administrations do change as they inevitably do in this one will 6.5 years from now when that takes place chairman kim will have comfort that american policy will continue down the same path that we hope we are able to set in singapore. [inaudible] >> is that a condition by the
president to change the agreement with chairman kim and finally katie discuss the format between the president and what it will look like? >> talking about the format of the meeting when the time is right. with respect to proliferation risk, it's very real. there's a history of back with respect to north korea and some of her of the difficult challenges in the world today are connected. the reason you want complete verifiable and your reversible is precisely that. to the extent that they remain stockpiles warehouses systems infrastructure fissile production facilities, could you want. the risk of proliferation continues and providing the security assurances chairman kim will want we can greatly reduce the risk of proliferation is the result of north korean action. >> one more please, sir?
>> and explain the present ship toys gone from talking about denuclearization of the peninsula to not talking about the need for more -- can you explain what happened there and can you also describe your disagreements over north korea with the national security adviser? >> with respect to the second one i love good fiction as much as the next person but it is without so much so that i will be polite since i'm a diplomat now peers suffice to say those articles are unfounded and a complete joke. >> ambassador bolton and i will disagree. we are to individuals and we will each present their views but i'm confident that we will
will have issues from how long this press conference should go to issues that really matter to the world. the ambassador and i won't always agree. i think the president demands that we each give him our own views. i'm trying to answer your first question. i don't see a shift in the meeting. the president's has always understood that this is a process in very clear that it would take a great deal of work to do. you can interpret it how you will put your characterization of that doesn't reflect the president's understanding about this process. his understanding has been. consistent since i started working with them a year and a half ago. [inaudible conversations]