Pompeo: “Still optimistic” about talks with N. Korea
The head of the State Department expressed regret that he will not meet with representatives of Pyongyang on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he will not be able to meet with North Korean officials in Bangkok on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit, which is taking place hours after the last ballistic missile test in North Korea..
During a joint press conference with the Thai foreign minister, Pompeo said about his Thai counterpart Don Pramatvinai: “We are ready to continue our diplomatic dialogue with North Korea. I regret that, apparently, I am not able to do this, being here in Bangkok “.
“I am optimistic (and I believe) that this will happen soon. We are looking forward to the opportunity to restore official diplomatic contacts, “added the head of the State Department..
In the past, the ASEAN Annual Security Meeting has been used as a platform for negotiations between the US and North Korean officials..
President Donald Trump also expressed little concern Thursday that North Korea conducted its third missile test in a week on Friday morning. Answering questions from reporters at the White House, Trump said that the launches are not a violation of the promises that the American president received from the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un..
“I think everything is under complete control. These were short-range missiles. We never discussed them. We discussed nuclear (missiles)… Many other countries are also testing similar missiles, “Trump said before leaving for Ohio..
Pompeo held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. They met amid tensions between the world’s two largest economies over a trade dispute and Beijing’s claims to large swaths of the South China Sea.
Pompeo tweeted about a “deep exchange of views” with his Kttai counterpart, including on North Korea, adding that “when it promotes US interests, we are ready to cooperate with China.”.
Amid fears that China is building up its military and economic presence in disputed areas of Southeast Asia, Pompeo said the US is not calling on countries in the region to “choose” between the US and China..
“Our interaction in this region has not been and will not be a zero-sum game,” he said..
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