all eyes on north korea
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo doesn't think North Korea is keeping its promises.
Pompeo on Friday said that North Korea's continued construction of ballistic missiles is "inconsistent" with its pledge to work toward denuclearization, reports Reuters.
Satellite images gathered earlier this week showed that North Korea is working on new weapons, despite leader Kim Jong Un signing a document promising to work to end his country's nuclear programs. Kim met with President Trump in Singapore in June, where the two leaders created a vague denuclearization pledge.
"Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize," Pompeo told reporters Friday when asked about the new evidence of nuclear weapon development. "The world demanded that [North Korea] do so in the U.N. Security Council resolutions. To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are a) in violation of one or both the U.N. Security Council resolutions and b) we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for."
Trump has tweeted that North Korea is "no longer a nuclear threat," but intelligence officials aren't so sure that Pyongyang is really willing to give up its weapons programs. Pompeo last week acknowledged that North Korean facilities "continue to produce fissile material," but reassured lawmakers that denuclearization talks were still on track. Read more at Reuters.