'There are still risks involved with North Korea,' cautions Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: (AFP)
After meeting foreign ministers from South Korea and Japan, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that peace efforts with North Korea still involved risks as he urged Kim Jong-un to start denuclearising quickly.
"We believe that Kim Jong Un understands the urgency... that we must do this quickly," he said on North Korea dismantling its nuclear infrastructure.
"There are still risks that we won't achieve that goal and more work needs to be done," Pompeo cautioned.
After meeting the foreign minister, Pompeo met Chinese President Xi and foreign minister Wang Yi in Bejing today even as the threat of trade sanction loomed.
China President Xi Jinping told Mike Pompeo that the US and Beijing should make the most of bilateral mechanisms. Pompeo met Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi and said: "We have made very clear that the sanctions and the economic relief that North Korea will receive will only happen after the full denuclearisation, the complete denuclearisation of North Korea."
Wang said the denuclearisation process would be worked out "through more detailed and specific consultations going forward" and "China stands ready to play a constructive role in that process".
China which is the principal ally of North Korea wants its concerns to be addressed which was highlighted by Wang during his meeting with Pompeo. The US secretary of state had said earlier that he was looking forward to "major disarmament" by North Korea over the next two years.
As peace moves gathered momentum, the US decided to halt military drills along the Koran Peninsula which was announced by Trump during the Singapore summit with Kim. South Korean President President Moon Jae-in said although there were conflicting views but the Trump-Kim meeting was "successful".
However, the South Korean president cautioned that military drills would be kept off the agenda "if North Korea faithfully implements denuclearisation measures and sincere dialogue continues."