US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday relations with Pyongyang would return to “situation normal” after the cancellation of a historic leaders’ summit although he expressed hope that the sides could resume denuclearization talks.
Shortly after President Donald Trump announced he was calling off the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo headed into a four-hour Senate hearing where Democrats slammed the administration’s handling of the matter.
“The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal,” Senator Bob Menendez, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said, referring to the title of Trump’s 1987 book.
Pompeo pushed back at the criticism during often heated exchanges over the administration’s tactics for the summit and what some Democrats said were unhelpful comments by US national security adviser John Bolton, who suggested a Libya-style denuclearization for North Korea.
“I’m not sure that constantly quoting the Libya model is the diplomatic way to try to get to the results that we seek in North Korea, because that didn’t work out too well for Gaddafi,” said Menendez. Libya’s dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011 after he abandoned his country’s nuclear arms program in 2003.
Trump announced his abrupt withdrawal from the summit in a letter to Kim on Thursday and called it a “missed opportunity.”
Pompeo said the administration would not ease up on sanctions against Pyongyang and had a commitment from Beijing that it would abide by UN and other sanctions on North Korea.
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