tv Secretary of State Pompeo News Conference CSPAN June 11, 2018 11:06am-11:24am EDT
opportunity to decide what the congressional review act that has passed the senate in a bipartisan way and is now pending in the house, then republicans in the house and the industry say no, congress shouldn't. look, if the chairman of the fcc has the courage of his convictions and do what he has done is right for america and will stand up to a vote in the congress, and he ought to pick up the phone, call speaker ryan and say schedule is for a vote in the house and let's see what the representatives of the american people say.
>> secretary of state mike pompeo is with president trump who's arrived in singapore for tomorrow's talks with north korean leader kim jong un. secretary pompeo is a brief news conference ahead of the u.s. north korea summit. >> good afternoon. he thank you so much for your patience. certainly worth the wait. welcome to singapore and the center here will keep this short. i'd like to welcome the secretary of state, mike tom hale, who will answer questions specific to the summit that will take place tomorrow and will be around to follow up with other questions beyond that.
thank you very much. mr. secretary. >> good afternoon. i want to get an update advance of president trump summit with chairman kim jong un. as the president said on saturday, this is truly a mission of peace. this afternoon the president called prime minister abe of japan and prime minister moon. earlier today our ambassador son kim met to meet with north korean delegation. the talks continue this afternoon, even as we sit here now. they are in fact moving quite rapidly and we anticipate they will come to their logical conclusion even more quickly than we had anticipated. before discussing the summit time i want to address a report in "the new york times" that
suggested the expertise on the north korean weapons programs as part of this talk spirit i want to address that report directly. over three months an interagency working group with over 100 experts across the government have met multiple times per week to address technical and logistic with dismantling north korea's programs. the military church with dismantling nuclear weapons, the department of energy including phd's and experts from d.o.e. lab and officials in the intelligence community covering north korea. the same experts also cover north korea's nuclear chemical biological and missile programs. these experts include dozens of phd's who have expertise in nuclear weapons, fuel cycle, missiles and biological weapons, advanced degrees in nuclear engineering physics, chemistry, aerospace, biology and other relevant fields. on the ground in singapore we have a team that includes the
president senior most experts and weapons of mass destruction who can cover in can cover any technical means that the meetings may present. and he suggested the united states summit? the technical expertise across government or on the ground here in singapore is mistaken. north korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to be nuclear rides and we are eager to see if those words through sincere. the fact that our two leaders are sitting down face-to-face is a sign of the enormous potential to accomplish something double immensely benefit both of our peoples in the entire world. president trump allayed the kim jong un had an unprecedented opportunity to change the trajectory of our relationship and bring peace and prosperity to his country. we are hopeful this summit will set the conditions for future productive talks. in light of how many flimsy agreements the united states has made in previous years, the president will ensure that no
potential agreement will fail to adequately address the north korean threat. the ultimate objective receipt from diplomacy with north korea has not changed. the complete verifiable and your reversible denuclearization of th korean peninla is only outcome the united states will accept. sanctions will remain until north korea verifiably eliminate its weapons of mass destruction programs. if diplomacy does not move in the right direction and we are hopeful it will continue to do so, those measures will increase. president trump recognizes germans can desire for security and prepare to ensure that a north korea free of weapons of mass destruction is also a secure north korea. the president also expresses openness to expanding access to foreign investment and other economic opportunities for north korea if they take the right steps. all the preparations for the summit have come together very
nicely. the president met this afternoon with minister lee of singapore with an important opportunity to thank the prime minister of singapore for his partnership in helping make this summit a reality. singapore is home to over 4000 american companies and is a long-standing commercial partner and we tha them for their help in making this summit what it is. the president also the chance to visit with the embassy team here in singapore to thank them for their tireless work to make this summit a success. for example, tamara summit will be some 5000 members of the media from all over the world covering this historic event. president trump is going into the mini with confidence cover positive attitude and eagerness for real progress. he's made it clear if kim jong un denuclearize if there is a brighter future for north korea. tomorrow we will get our clearest indication to date whether chairman kim jong un truly shares this vision.
i'm happy to take a couple questions. [inaudible] -- a slight shift -- [inaudible] >> there is no shift in the policy. it is the case that we are prepared to make secure assurances necessary for north koreans to engage in that denuclearization. that is, we are prepared to take action that will provide them
sufficient certainty that they can be comfortable that denuclearization isn't something that ends badly for them. indeed, just the opposite, that leads to a brighter, better future for the north korean people. >> following up on that point, mr. secretary, under the umbrella of security assurances, with that the security forces in south korea. is that something you're able to discuss? >> i will not get into the discussions we've had today. i can only say this, we are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are unique and have been provided in america is failing to provide dubiously. we think this is both necessary and appropriate. [inaudible] >> you shouldn't assume from the fact i don't give any detail here that some question you positive has any merit. [inaudible] >> if you hypothesize something
that's in it and i refuse to tell you what tell you what can i come you should assume that i simply refusing to tell you within it and not drawing any conclusions from the negative inference i think you're suggesting. there is going to be a lot of work left to do. there's a lot of detail that's got to be provided. we are not going to conduct these negotiations in the open with the media. we were conducted between the two parties that we have an opportunity to have real success here. [inaudible] -- the north koreans -- [inaudible] [inaudible]
[inaudible] >> so i think the first part of your question is the same question major garrett asked, a substantive question about what one side or the other may be prepared to do. i'm simply not going to speak to that. with respect to the second question, the context for these discussions is radically different than ever before. the backdrop against which these negotiations are taking, president trump has said in a way that is fundamentally different than before. the president has made very clear until such time we get the outcome we are demanding, economic relief is not going to be provided. there was always this hypothesis that somewhere along the way the americans would take their foot off and allowed those economic
opportunities for the north and thereby reduce the capacity to actually achieve the deal. we are not going to do that. these discussions that take place somewhere between chairman kim and president trump will set the framework for the hard work that will follow. we will see how far we get, but am very optimistic we will have a successful outcome from tomorrow's meeting between the two leaders. it's the case in each of those two countries there are only two people that can make decisions of this magnitude in this two people will be sitting in a room together tomorrow. >> mr. secretary, the president says he'll know within a minute whether president kim is serious based on his deal. these are incredibly complex nuclear issues of tens of millions of civilians in the crosshairs. is it wise for the president and have you established any specific criteria for the conditions of needing to walk out tomorrow.
>> the president is fully prepared tomorrow. he's had a chance to hear lots of different vces, all of the opportunities and risks and we have put these two leaders in the right place. as i said in answer to the previous question, president trump has truly laid out a process that is fundamentally different than the ones we've gone through before and i expect that the process from tomorrow forward will also be fundamentally different with a result america working to provide an outcome to benefit both countries. that is different than what we've done before. [inaudible] [inaudible]
[inaudible] [inaudible] >> i'll take the second one first. i think the hypothesis is ludicrous. the united states has been fooled before. there's no doubt about it. many presidents previously has signed off on pieces of paper only to find the north koreans either didn't promise what we thought they had were actually reneged on their promises. the v matters.
we want to matters. one is that it's officially robust to verify how comes and it's only ones the v happens that we will proceed. thatshaee missed before. you know, we go back to reagan, trust but verify. at the end of the day, both countries have to have sufficient trust in each other and do the verification that each country needse ovided the things called for that we commit to both tomorrow for sign a document and what each have to ensure that we do the things and take the actions necessary to follow through on commitments. we will have a verified deal and if we can get that far we will have an historic change here in southeast asia, north asia and all around the world. [inaudible] >> mr. secretary, this
morning -- [inaudible] [inaudible] >> well, i came here today in singapore to talk about north korea. but i am happy to talk about and work with our european partners as well. we wouldn't be in this place. we wouldn't have this historic opportunity without the diplomatic work that's been done by our european partners alongside of us. president trump is that enormous coalition including the same european partners, the g-7 partners to which you refer will help us get to this point, have every expectation that they'll continue to do that. there are always irritants and relationships and very confident the relationships between our countries will continue to be a move forward on a strong basis.