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Pompeo on North Korea: Our eyes are open and we will not repeat the mistakes of the past

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –¬†US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his administration would not repeat the mistakes of the past and “keep its eyes open”, vowing to work “without delay” on removing Pyongyang’s weapons of mass destruction program.

“We are still at the beginning of the work, the result is still uncertain,” Pompeo said at his State Department inauguration ceremony in the presence of US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

The new US secretary of state said the United States had “an unprecedented opportunity to change the course of history” with regard to North Korea’s nuclear program, adding that “the time has come to resolve this matter once and for all.”

Trump and Kim Jong-un are expected to meet by the beginning of June and the date and venue of the meeting will be announced in the coming days at a historic summit that is hoped to reach denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo, who took over as foreign minister last week, stressed that “a bad deal is not an option.” “We are determined to dismantle a permanent, verifiable and irreversible North Korean WMD program, and achieve this without delay,” he said.