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U.S. hopeful for talks on achieving N. Korea's denuclearization: Pompeo
Updated: 2020-01-08 16:07:44 KST
The U.S. has expressed optimism for denuclearization talks with North Korea despite the lack of progress in their negotiations since last year.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there weren't any provocations that were widely expected at the end of last year,. adding that the two sides remain engaged and hopeful.

"On North Korea, which you asked about, we still are hopeful that we will be able to head down a path. We still remain engaged and hopeful that we could have a conversation about how to get the denuclearization that Chairman Kim promised to President Trump back in 2018."

Pompeo's remarks follow North Korea's threat to showcase a "new strategic weapon" after its unilateral year-end deadline for the U.S. to show more flexibility came and went without a much speculated provocation.
Separately. a senior State Department official said it's a positive sign that the regime's missile tests have seen a significant reduction, saying 2019 was a good year and the U.S. believes this will continue.
In a background briefing, the official said there was no threats that some believed there would be in December adding he thinks it's because the U.S. has taken a solid stand, demonstrated strength and displayed an insistence that agreements must be kept.

Meanwhile, the South Korean Embassy in Washington says President Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to achieving the North's denuclearization.
In a letter to Lee Soo-hyuck Seoul's new Ambassador to the U.S.,.. Trump said the Washington remains committed to achieve the goal of the regime's final, fully verified denuclearization.
Trump added Lee's appointment demonstrates the resilience of the South Korea-U.S. alliance and expressed hope for even deeper relations going forward.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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