Mike Pompeo shared some details Thursday behind the sudden Trump pullout from the North Korea summit:
The North Korean government completely ignored the Trump administration’s efforts to nail down details of a planned June 12 nuclear arms summit in Singapore, effectively disappearing in the middle of pre-meeting protocol negotiations.
In testimony during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, Pompeo said there was no chance of ‘a successful outcome,’ in some part because Kim’s team was AWOL when it counted.
‘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,’ he told senators. ‘And we had received no response to our inquiries from them.’
Wednesday during a parallel hearing in the House of Representatives, Pompeo signaled that the ball was in Pyongyang’s court.
While he was ‘hopeful’ the summit would take place, he said, ‘That decision will ultimately be up to Chairman Kim.’
But he said there would be no concessions offered in order to move forward.