tv Secretary of State Mike Pompeo News Conference CSPAN May 31, 2018 2:15pm-2:28pm EDT
>> no one is watching at home, right? i would say that we are maybe average at best. there is a lack of communication. one thing to keep in mind, just to save my hide, we have a supreme court that actually determines the type of court data we gather. >> good afternoon everyone. as you know, in addition to my meeting, we have teams in singapore and at the dmz working with our north korean counterparts to prepare for president trump and chairman kim's expected summit in singapore. series ofese a meetings, i am confident we are moving in the right direction. today, vice chairman kim and i discussed how our countries can
come together to take advantage of the opportunity that our leaders have created through their vision of the future. vice chair -- the vice chairman is planning to travel to washington, to deliver a personal better -- letter. is a historic opportunity for president trump and chairman kim to lead our countries into a new peace, prosperity, and security. face a countries historic moment and it would be nothing short of a tragedy to let the opportunity go to waste. in my conversations, i have been very clear that president trump and the united states objectives are very consistent and well known. complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula. president trump has also made it clear that if kim jong-un
there is as brighter path for north korea. we think, working together, the people of the united states and north korea can create a future defined by friendship and collaboration. not by mistrust and fear. we sincerely hope that chairman kim jong-un nick ayers is positive vision for the future -- kim jong-un shares this positive vision of the future. if these talks are successful, it will truly be historic, it will take bold leadership from chairman kim jong-un it we are to seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the course of the world. president trump and i believe chairman can is the kind of leader who can make those decisions.
the coming weeks and months we will have an opportunity to test if this is the case. i'm happy to take questions. our first question goes to nick from bloomberg. >> thanks mr. secretary. last night the state department told us that the u.s. would be looking for a historic commitment from north korea before the summit would go ahead. today you ended talks early. can you talk about why you did that? did you get the commitment you sought? is their agreement on what denuclearization would mean? >> we did not end the talks early. series of items we wanted to make sure we covered. topics that we wanted to make sure were clear with our expectations and their expectations of us. is a difficult challenge,
make no mistake about it. there remains a great deal of work to do. , and inprogress here the other venues the conversations are taking place. we had all the time we needed today to make progress that was achievable during our time in new york city. >> our next question is for michael, from the wall street journal. , seniorwing up on that state department officials, the same person who spoke to us last night, also indicated the united states persuaded north korea that it's security does not depend on nuclear weapons. you have spent some hours with them. you feel you have been successful in doing that? or the difficulties the reason why president trump is talking about the possibility of having two or three summits, instead of doing this in a single meeting.
president trump and this understand the problem. there's a long history were north korea has reviewed its nuclear program as providing the security needed for the regime. the effort now is to come to a state of understanding, where we can convince the north koreans of what president trump has said. if we are able to achieve it, if north koreans are prepared to denuclearize, this includes all elements of their nuclear program, if we convince them of that their security is greater. the real threat to the security is the continued holding onto of the nuclear weapons program and not the commerce. we have had lots of conversations. the true test comes when we achieve this. many conversations have been had about how we might proceed, and what the path forward might be.
so we can achieve the denuclearization the world demands and the security assurances that would be required to allow them to achieve that. >> martha, from abc news. you call it a proposed summit, will we find out whether it is a go tomorrow? and also you looked the vice chairman in the eyes, you have been with him, what accounted for the progress? this is been such a roller coaster ride. we have gone from fire and fury to this. what accounted for the change? do you worry it could still change back? meethave had the chance to chairman kim jong-un twice, i have spent a great deal of time with each of them. they are contemplating a path forward where they could
make a strategic shift, one they have not been prepared to make before. this will be their decision. they will have to choose the fact that it is fundamentally different than the one their country has proceeded on for decades. it should not be to anyone's surprise that there will be moments, along the way. it will not be straightforward. it will look hard, at times it will appear like a road is blocked, or that it appears insurmountable. our mission is clear. it is to continue to push forward and test the proposition that we can achieve that outcome. i know everyone is following this, it is going to be a process that will take days and weeks to walk through. there will be tough moments, i have had difficult conversations. they had given it right back to me, too. there are decades to this
challenge. surprised,ot to be frightened, or deterred i moments where it looks like there are challenges that cannot be bridged. our mission is to bridge them. summit, willposed we know tomorrow if there will actually be a summit? >> oh no. to adam,nal question from fox news. we have made real progress in the last 72 hours, we are setting the conditions. your question goes to one of the conditions yet go -- conditions? it's about putting president trump and the chairman into a position where we think they can do real good. real progress towards that in the last 72 hours. >> and adam, from fox. >> about the denuclearization of the peninsula.
havedoes the united states , in terms of south korean our asian allies have, to greater ?nfluence the drawdown >> i'm not going to talk today about the elements or the shape of the agreement. those are things that ought to be held, so that the leaders have all the freedom they need to make the right decision. so with respect, i will not speak to that today. what i can say is this, and the second -- i have been the secretary of state for 30 days. there is no daylight between the south koreans, japanese, and united states, with respect to our approach with how we resolve this issue. ,'ve spoken to my counterparts
i have spoken to president moon. we understand their concerns. we understand the risk that we post of them, and the agreement we reach will provide an outcome that each of those countries can sign on to. [inaudible] the chinese are moving all around the world. let us be clear. the risk of that is real. we are routinely aware of it. i am confident that the things we are talking about, will not enhance the risk of that in any significant degree. we would not do that to the south koreans and the japanese. >> thank you. >> thank you. [indistinct conversations]
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presidential campaign. student activism. and reminisces about her own time at yale law school. state isr secretary of followed by another former secretary of state, rex tillerson at virginia military institute. then defense secretary james mattis at the air force academy, and canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, speaking to nyu graduates. [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you very much. thanks everybody. thank you. thank you. thank you. wow. i am so delighted to be here. i'm sorry we are not outside. this makes it cozy.