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Pompeo: Kim Jong Un prepared to denuclearize

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Kim Jong Un has told him personally that he is willing to denuclearize. Pompeo held a press briefing days ahead of the historic summit where President Trump will meet with Kim Jong Un.


Pompeo, who has met with Kim two times, noted Thursday that "President Trump will not stand for a bad deal," and said the administration would be seeking complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization.

Earlier Thursday, Trump said that he would invite Kim to the United States if the summit is successful.

The path to next week's summit has been tumultuous. Since the topic was first broached March 8 by South Korean diplomats, Trump has canceled the summit, later announcing that it was back on. The North Koreans have also threatened to cancel the summit.

"In the past, there have been months and months of detailed negotiations, and they got nowhere," Pompeo said Thursday, referring to previous negotiations between the United States and North Korea. In contrast, he said, this summit "has to be big and bold."

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