July 7, 2018 / 3:30 AM / 14 days ago

Pompeo 'very firm' on complete denuclearisation of North Korea - spokeswoman

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is “very firm” on complete denuclearisation of North Korea as he began a second day of talks in Pyongyang on Saturday, according to a pool report from reporters travelling with him.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs his guest house in Pyongyang, North Korea, Saturday, July 7, 2018, to call President Donald Trump on a secure phone. Pompeo is on a trip traveling to North Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Abu Dhabi, and Brussels. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said there has been no softening in Washington’ position towards the North’s denuclearisation.

She said Pompeo is being “very firm” in seeking three basic goals - complete denuclearisation of North Korea, security assurances, and the repatriation of the remains of U.S. service members from the 1950-53 Korean War, according to the report.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Paul Tait

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