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Pompeo: North Korea wasn't replying to summit preparation efforts

The Hill logo The Hill 5/24/2018 Rebecca Kheel
a man wearing a suit and tie: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before a Senate committee on Thursday. © Provided by The Hill Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before a Senate committee on Thursday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday said President Trump canceled his planned summit with North Korea in part because the United States did not receive replies from Pyongyang on preparations for the meeting.

"I don't believe in that sense that we're in a position to believe that there could be a successful outcome," Pompeo said. "I think that's what the president communicated pretty clearly in his letter.

"I can add to that. Over the past many days, we have endeavored to do what Chairman Kim and I had agreed, which was to put teams, preparation teams together to begin to work to prepare for the summit and we have received no response to our inquiries from them."

Pompeo was testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee moments after the White House released a letter from President Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un canceling the summit that was planned for June 12 in Singapore.

"I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump wrote in the letter.

The cancellation comes after a series of statements from North Korea threatening to walk away from the talks if the United States does not change its demands.

In the latest statement Wednesday night, a top North Korean official called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy."

Trump, in turn, wrote that Kim likes to "talk about" his nuclear capabilities: "Ours are so massive and so powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."

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