June 11, 2018 / 11:05 AM / a year ago

Pompeo says U.S. objective for North Korea summit unchanged

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the “ultimate objective” of a historic summit with North Korea had not changed and the United States was “eager to see” if North Korea was sincere about denuclearisation.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday with their talks expected to centre on ending the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programmes in return for diplomatic and economic incentives.

Pompeo said Trump was “fully prepared” for the talks, and was optimistic that the outcome would be “successful”, while warning that there was still “lots of work left to do”.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Rob Birsel and Miral Fahmy

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