tv Secretary of State Pompeo News Conference CSPAN June 11, 2018 6:00pm-6:20pm EDT
about that. lakem a librarian at salt community college. an important issue for the state of utah ioverpopulation. i feel like overpopulation is the root cause of many of our societal problems. don't know there are easy solutions to the problems, but i do feel like it will probably be issuemportant as an facing our state and city on a local scale and all of that. >> voices from the states. part of c-span's capitals to her and our stop in salt lake, city utah -- salt lake city, utah. >> president trump is on his way to singapore to meet with kim jong-un. ahead of the arrival of the president, secretary of mike pompeo held a news conference thatreed expectations for
the summit. this is about 15 minutes. >> good afternoon and thank you so much for your patience. certainly worth the wait. welcome to singapore and the filing center here. we will keep this short. i'd like to welcome the secretary of state, mike ppe 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. sec. pompeo: 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 president moon of
south korea. earlier today our ambassadors on 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 thane had anticipated. before discussing the summit time i want to address a report in "the new york times" that suggested the u.s. team lacks the expertise on the north korean weapons programs as part of this talk. i want to address that report directly. over three months an interagency working group with over 100 experts across the government has met multiple times per week to address technical and logistical issues associated with dismantling north korea's programs. that includes experts from the military charged 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 chemical and biological weapons. they have advanced degrees in nuclear engineering physics, chemistry, aerospace, biology and other releva fields. on the ground in singapore we have a team that includes the the president's senior most experts in weapons of mass destruction who can cover in can cover any technical means that the meetings may present. the technical expertise across government or on the ground here in singapore is mistaken. north korea has previously confirmed to us its willingness to the nuclear rise -- to
denuclearize 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 believes that 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 and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the korean peninsula is the only outcome the united states will accept. sanctions will remain until north korea verifiably eliminate
s 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 chairman kim's 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 ec opponictunities 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 thank them for their help in making this summit what it is. the president also the chance to -- also had 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, at tomorrow's summit, there will be some 5000 members of the media from all over the world covering this historic event. president trump is going into the meeting with confidence cover positive attitude and eagerness for real progress. he's made it clear if kim jong un denuclearizes there is a igurfor 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. >> [indiscernible]
sec. pompeo: 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 comparable 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. >> major garrett, cbs. >> following up on that point, mr. secretary, under the umbrella of security assurances, would that include removing forces in south korea. intopompeo: i won't get the discussions we've had today.
i can only say this, we are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are diert ique and have been provided in america, and is willing to provide dubiously. we think this is both necessary and appropriate. >> [inaudible] sec. pompeo: you shouldn't assume from the fact i don't give any detail here that some question you positive has any merit. >> [inaudible] sec. pompeo: 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 what is in 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're going to conduct a them between the two parties that we have an opportunity to have real success here. secretary,
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 tomorrow 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
-- and those 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 -- whether kim is serious based on his deal. these are incredibly complex with tens ofs and 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? sec. pompeo: the president is fully prepared tomorrow. i personally have major he's had a chance to hear lots of different voices, 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
sec. pompeo: 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 igved off pieces of paper only to find the north koreans either didn't promise what we thought that they had or actually reneged on their promises. the v matters. we want to set up a system to verify outcomes. has been 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 needs that we provided the things called for that we commit to both tomorrow
if we sign a document and what if we 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. >> one last question. >> president trump had harsh words for prime minister trudea [indiscernible] with our country's closest allies in europe -- [indiscernible] sec. pompeo: well, i came here today in singapore to talk about north korea. but i am happy to talk about and -- about 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 -- has led in enormous coalition including the same european partners, the g-7 partners to which you refer will help us get to this point, have every -- and we have every expectation that they'll continue to do that. there are always irritants and relationships and very confident the relationships between our countries, the g-7, and other countries and we believe it will continue to be a move forward on a strong basis. i'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do to get the outcome were looking for north korea as a result of what you describe having taken place in canada. >> thank you.
>> watch c-span tonight for live coverage of the u.s., north korean summit between president donald trump and north korean leader kim jong-un. in the overnight at 4 a.m. eastern, live coverage of his post summit press conference. tuesday morning, join us for washington journal at seven theern for your comments on north korean summit. watch live on c-span and c-span.org. or, listen live using the free c-span radio app. >> the u.s. senate return for work on the defense thizion bill. it is expected that lawmakers work on amendments throughout the week. in the meantime, the houses back tomorrow at noon to be able to work on a slate of anti-opioid legislation including cracking down on a petition -- importation of them.
watch live has coverage of c-span and to the senate on c-span2. >> tonight, on the communicators, former fcc chair talks about the end of net neutrality. interviewed by dad mccabe, technology reporter for axes >> the conversation of net neutrality has shifted toward legislation. do you think it is possible to legislate this issue? fascinating the republic has been in position all along. when congress has an opportunity to decide this with the congressional review act that is passed in the senate, and a bipartisan way, and is now pending in the house, that the republicans in the house and industry will say congress should not do it. look, if the chairman of the fcc has the courage of his
that's what he has and is right for america, will stand up to a vote in congress, he ought to pick up the phone and call speaker ryan and say, schedule it for a boatswain outs -- for a vote in the house and lets you at the america people say. was the communicators tonight on 8:00 eastern -- at 8:00 eastern on c-span two. >> and important issue to me in the state of utah is our use of water. the new desert state, we need to focus on how we use our water with some of the drier winters we have had. it has been important to me to focus on conserving water and passing legislation that helps conserve water. >> i live in salt lake city, utah and one of the most important issues for us is air quality. we live in a statend what we
need to do is have public transportation so we can reduce emissions. me isimportant issue to wage inequality. thereare lots of jobsut but they are always part-time ibid. i've been getting part-time jobs and the wages low and they keep you at part-time. , was a manager for eight years and they are always giving wages low -- keeping wages low. wages for the wealthy are increasing and increasing and , as mef us at the bottom being a college graduate in a week, i will be going into a market where there is not a lot of jobs for me. congress does not see do care about that. >> on the library here at salt lake community college library. an important issue for the state of utah is overpopulation.
i feel like overpopulation is the root cause of many of our societal problems. i don't know that there are easy solus to t problems but i do feel like that is probably the most important issue facing our state as well as our city on a global scale. and all of that. >> voices from the states. part of c-span's 50 capital to or -- capital tour. >> this case centered on whether the ohio purge policy voted just