Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his “regret” was that the Trump administration was unable to free North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un from North Korea’s nuclear weapons.
Hill said: “I regret that we have not made more progress,” Pompeo said. He cited comments from a conservative podcast released on Thursday.
He said: “We persuaded him not to do more nuclear tests and more long-range missile tests, but we cannot make him abandon his nuclear program. ”
Pompeo is a former congressman from Kansas and may be the presidential candidate in 2024. He met with Kim Jong Il as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency in April 201
The photo shows the two shaking hands. It is reported that this meeting constituted a major breakthrough in US policy.
He said that after former President Donald Trump warned the United States that the United States would release “fire and fury” unless Kim Jong Un stopped threatening the United States and its allies in the region, he went to North Korea to ease tensions. .
Pompeo said: “We are trying to reduce tensions and create a situation where rational discussions can take place.”
“The president is going to consider whether it is appropriate to hold a summit. It is indeed quite an experience.”
“When I became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, [I] I dare not one day in the world, I will travel in the dark on a quiet plane, land on the airstrip in Pyongyang, meet with Chairman Kim Jong Il, who committed the most terrible crime against humanity.” He said, talking about the Otto Wimbier case.
Warmbier, a 22-year-old college student from Ohio, died a week after being released from a North Korean prison in a coma in June 2017.
Pompeo also stated that he spent several months preparing to meet with Kim, but “nothing can prepare you well for being there.”
Since Trump’s resignation, Kim Jong Il has continued to provoke the United States and tested two short-range missiles in a joint US-South Korea military exercise in March.