Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted to Trump administration officials that his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un last week was a disaster, CNN reports.
Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang last week to negotiate with top North Korean officials, admitted to Trump administration colleagues that he failed to get any progress on denuclearization talks.
One source told CNN that the White House felt it went “as badly as it could have gone.”
“The North Koreans were just messing around, not serious about moving forward,” the source told CNN.
The source added that Pompeo was promised a meeting with Kim, who didn’t show up.
North Korean state media later published photos of Kim touring a potato farm during Pompeo’s visit.
According to North Korean state media, Kim Jong-un skipped a meeting on denuclearization with Sec. Mike Pompeo to … visit a potato farm. pic.twitter.com/qs5P5d2fRA
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Pompeo told reporters at the NATO summit in Brussels that North Korea needs to understand it’s up to them to act.
“Look, this is a decades-long challenge, getting the North Koreans to make a fundamental strategic decision, which is that the nuclear weapons they possess today frankly present a threat to them and not security,” Pompeo said.
“We have to get the entire country to understand that they have that strategically wrong. Chairman Kim told President Trump he understood that. I was there. I saw it,” he added.