Pompeo: nothing's changed on talks with DPRK

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Added On April 21, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will continue to negotiate with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Pompeo's remarks came after Pyongyang test-fired a new tactical guided weapon earlier this week.

 
The top U.S. diplomat made the remarks at a joint press conference with the visiting senior Japanese officials on Friday. 
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MIKE POMPEO, US Secretary of State
 
"(I'm convinced) We still have a real opportunity to achieve that outcome, and our diplomatic team will continue to remain in the lead."
 
Pompeo also responded to DPRK's criticism, in which Pyongyang demanded to replace him by someone "more careful and mature" to deal with the talks.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) MIKE POMPEO, US Secretary of State
 
"Nothing's changed. We're continued to work and negotiate. I'm still in charge of the team."
 
A day earlier, DPRK's state media reported that Kim Jong Un, top leader of the DPRK, supervised the test-firing of a new tactical guided weapon on Wednesday. 
However, the Pentagon has played down the test, saying that it posed no threats to the U.S. or its regional allies.