Pompeo Instructs Seoul Nuclear Progress Must Not Diminish Improved Korea Ties


The United States has instructed its ally South Korea that it shouldn’t improve ties with North Korea at a faster rate than Pyongyang takes measures to surrender its nuclear weapons. This statement was made by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 20th November.

While talking as a working group with South Korea to synchronize North Korean policy during the inaugural meeting held in Washington, Pompeo pointed out that Washington has been anxious that Seoul has moved very fast with Pyongyang. During a news briefing, Pompeo made it clear to the Republic of Korea that the US wants to confirm that the peace within the peninsula and denuclearization of North Korea doesn’t get delayed owing to the heightening amount of inter-relationship between the two Koreas. He added that he is viewing both parties as an aligned process and working group wants to certify that this process remains in this manner.

The working group is being lead by South Korea’s special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, Lee Do-hoon and the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun. Pompeo stated that he believes that there is a complete compliance on ways to go ahead.

A news agency of South Korea quoted a statement made by Seoul’s Foreign Ministry that the two sides acknowledged to carry on close adjustment and assistance on an organized and regular basis.

Last month, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha stated Pompeo had articulated dissatisfaction over an inter-Korean military accord reached during a September summit.

The Koreas agreed to commence reconnecting rail and road links despite U.S. worrying that the fast North-South thaw could underscore attempts to force Pyongyang to surrender its nuclear weapons.

In an earlier summit, the US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted to work towards denuclearization. However, since then summit little progress has been made, with Pyongyang and North Korea not completely surrendering its nuclear weapons.

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