tv Politics and Public Policy Today CSPAN May 22, 2018 9:00pm-9:16pm EDT
our elections. this is not new. they just have a new tool, and it is the internet. i think we are very aware and conscious we move forward to protect our american democratic system. >> thank you. >> [chatter] >> at the state department tuesday, secretary of state mike pompeo discussed the proposed meeting between president trump and north korean leader kim jong-il on june 12. he talked about the trump administration's i strategy toward iran and filling senior administration level divisions. this was 15 minutes. -- level positions. >> how are you today? i brought in a special guest with me today, mike pompeo, who is going to give you a quick briefing out of his meetings
with the white house today. some of you may have questions based on the secretary's iran speech. he has a few minutes to take over your questions, then i will handle the rest of the briefing. secretary pompeo, glad to have you here. secretary pompeo: good evening everyone. it has been one month since i have been here. i made a handful of commitments at the beginning, not the least of which i would put the team back on the field. we have taken significant steps to date begin working towards that direction. there remains a great deal of work to do, but you should know i am committed to that we have. listed -- to that. we have lifted the hiring freeze. substantial progress in some of our senior level processes so that we get our ambassadors working the building. nothing to report just yet.
as i committed when i gave testimony at my confirmation hearing, we are going to work on this diligently. one of my highest priorities to make sure we have the right people in the right places everywhere in the world to we can accomplish our diplomatic mission. i hope in the coming week or two to have significant announcements about the new senior leaders. in bilateral meetings with the south koreans. they were constructive. i think sanders has given a press conference about this, so i am happy to take questions about it. suffice to say, we are continuing to prepare our team and the white house so that in the event the summit takes place june 12, we are fully prepared with the vision statement having not changed at all. -- prepared, with the mission
statement having not changed at all. we are working on it denuclearization and conditions such that the korean regime no longer threatens the world. i gave some remarks yesterday on the president's strategy with respect to the islamic republic of iran. i think it is important that i the tasks thatt iran plans to undertake aren't that difficult. i have seen reports that these are fantasy, and that they can't happen. we ask for things frankly most nations of the world engaged in. we ask them to stop firing missiles into riyadh. imaginenot a fantasy to asking the iranians not to threaten travel through the airport. it is not a fantasy to ask them to cease engaging in terror.
onse were all demands we put the rest of the world. some was the case that other country in the middle east desired to build a nuclear weapons system, we would work to stop them too. these are a set of simple requirements that the iranian regime could easily comply with, and it would if it the iranian people to an enormous extent. frankly, what we laid out seems like a pretty straightforward set of requirements we would put on any country in the world to stop maligned behavior that threatens its neighbors and other parts of the world. with that i'm happy to take a couple questions. yes, matt, good to see you. >> good to see you, sir.
meaningskorea and the met, so ie have just don't know if you are a betting man, but if you were a betting man, what would you say the odds are for this meeting coming to fruition at the date and time? are you prepared to meet again with kim jong-un if that is decided necessary to fully prepare for a summit? secretary pompeo: i will take your second question first. second is -- we will do what it takes to make sure this is a successful meeting, whether that is meeting with the north koreans or whatever it may take -- the president will ask us to ensure that we have done all we can to make sure we have the real opportunity to have this historic successful outcome. i am not a betting man. [laughter] i wouldn't care to predict that
it would happen, only that we will be ready in the event that it does. >> mr. secretary, thanks very much. there are reports when you met with kim jong-un, you are looking at on a sunset, and he allegedly said, wouldn't it be great if there were american hotels lining the scene? do you believe he is open to the idea of american investment in north korea? can you give us your thoughts on what would explain the change in tone from north korea? the president said he thought china had something to do with this. secretary pompeo: you mean the tone in the past week? no, i'm not going to speculate about that. we are continuing to lay the foundation for a successful meeting. i am confident we will get there. with respect to chairman kim, i have not spoken publicly about
the conversations we had. they were between he and i. i had a real sense he would -- he would find american technology, american investment, american know-how of real value to his people. it is something we had a chance to speak about generally. i think it is something if we get this right, and we get denuclearization right, then america would be quite capable of delivering them with lots of things that would make life better for the north korean people. >> q mr. secretary. the south korean government at 99.ut the chances secretary pompeo: i heard that, 99. >> is there something that gave president trump pause for his conversations with the north koreans? how would you describe, since
you have left pyongyang, the kind of communication the united states has had with north korea? secretary pompeo: i want characterized. -- i won't characterized that. we worked to get a day and location. we got those set. since then, we are driving on. we are working to make sure there is a common understanding of the contents discussed. i am optimistic. this could be something that comes right to the end. as the president said, we'll see, and i think that is the place we find ourselves. said the summit might be delayed. are you discussing possible new dates with the north koreans, and what are the issues that prevent june 12? is it logistical, or other
things you want to discuss with them? secretary pompeo: we're still working toward june 12. >> are discussing this with them? -- you are discussing this with them? secretary pompeo: we are working toward june 12. >> if i could turn toward iran. you talked about unprecedented financial pressure you want to put on iran. when your critics bring up the idea of a fantasy, they say it is because europeans won't go along with you on the sanctions, therefore you can't re-create this financial pressure. what do you say to those critics? how do you get the europeans and others to go along, like china and russia, who continue to abide by the agreement? secretary pompeo: it is straightforward -- it is a global challenge. i mentioned this in my remarks yesterday. this is a shared threat across the world. n am confident that we ca collectively develop a diplomatic response that
achieves the simple outcomes that put forward. we wouldn't tolerate iceland doing what the iranians are doing. we wouldn't tolerate chad -- i can just pick a number. i am just tripping through the alphabet. we wouldn't tolerate another nation inhabiting terrorist proxy forces. we wouldn't tolerate that, right? if someone else created an equivalent of hezbollah, would we sit by? neither will the other arab countries. briachina and russia do not see that as a positive impact on the world either. i'm confident there is a overlapping set of interests that will drive us to the same conclusion about the need to respond to iran's threats to the world. >> i am sure you have seen some of those responses. >> if we could go back to the president's comments today discussing china.
alarm when he spoke about chi's second meeting with kim jong-un. do you know any more about that meeting, and why he is so hesitant to say the chinese were so helpful in that meeting? secretary pompeo: i don't have anything more to add than what the president said. >> are the chinese helping push forward the u.s. summit? secretary pompeo: the chinese have offered historic assistance in the pressure campaign, with truly historic assistance. -- literally historic assistance. president trump has made clear, i have made clear too, it is central that pressure remains in place, and that china participates in the pressure campaign. we have every reason to expect they will do so. >> president rouhani said yesterday -- he questioned, who
were you to tell another nation what to do in foreign policy? who are you tell them what to do? one response to you have to him? -- what response do you have to him? secretary pompeo: i did not get to see those remarks. the iranian people get to choose for themselves the kind of leadership, the kind of government they want. they get to choose the individuals who lead their country, and they get to live with the choices those leaders make. i wasn't describing what mr. rouhani should do, i was only articulating what america intends to do. >> last question. >> thank you very much mr. secretary. my question is on the iranian hostages. yesterday you mentioned the government is working hard to bring the american hostages home. can you give us an update and elaborate what efforts are underway given the relations?
secretary pompeo: i suppose one might have two months ago described the relationships between the united states and dprk as frosty, and we returned three americans. we have our citizens detained by countries who aren't friendly to us. we work on mechanisms to deliver these outcomes. i talked to many family members. i know how central that is. you can rest assured the entire united states government is -- ing diligently to bring mentioned a handful of names yesterday, there are more around the world -- you should know we are working diligently along every avenue we can develop to get these folks to return home back to their families. i will take one more. >> i'm joined to make this worth our time. secretary pompeo: that would be useful.
[laughter] >> the demands that you laid out for iran yesterday, partially because you laid them all out, and partially because of what they are, there will not be much room for negotiation, if any. do you agree with that? because of the way that was put out there, what makes you think iran will be willing to work with the u.s. on this? if it is sanctions, wouldn't it take a very long time at this point? secretary pompeo: i am not sure what demands -- should we allow them to be terrorists? how many missiles are they allowed to fire? the benchmark i set forward yesterday is a low standard. it is a standard of behavior we accept from countries around the world. there is not a special set of rules for iran, we simply ask them to behave the way non-belligerent nations behave. it is simple. is not a special category of
people who are permitted to fire missiles into riyadh. just ask them to behave like a normal nation. i have every reason to think the iranian people want that for their country as well. this is a rich country with a deep civilization and a wonderful history. i am convinced the people of iran, when they can see a path forward, which will lead their country to stop behaving in this way, will choose that path. thank you all. i look forward to seeing you don't hear. have a good day. -- seeing you down here. >> thanks sir. >> a group of house conservatives held a news conference to discuss the resolution calling on attorney general jeff sessions to appoint a second special counsel. the group wants an investigation into specialus