>> Mike Pompeo seemed to clash with North Korea's view on denuclearization Thursday. The US Secretary of State said, sanctions will stay in place until the North's nuclear arsenal is completely gone. However, after Donald Trump's summit this week with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, North Korean media said the two agreed the process would happen in stages.
Pompeo was in Seoul Thursday on a mission from Trump to explain the President's deal with Kim Jong Un to US allies, South Korea and Japan.>> Kim Jong Un's public commitment to completely denuclearize is an important step towards bringing lasting peace and stability to northeast Asia, and indeed, to the entire world.
As the president said, this will be a process, and not an easy one. Staying closely aligned with our allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan will be critical to the success of that outcome.>> However, the summit statement coming out of Trump and Kim's meeting gave no specifics on when Pyongyang would give up its nuclear program or how the dismantling would be verified.
Skeptics of Trump's deal with Kim point to a long held view by North Korea's leaders that nuclear weapons are shield against US plans to overthrow them. Still on Thursday, Pompeo found a positive reception from the South's President. Moon Jae-in said the world had escaped the threat of war, nuclear weapons and missiles.
It was an echo of Trump's own upbeat take on his talks with Kim. Earlier this week, Pompeo said he hopes to achieve major disarmament within Trump's current term of office. And Trump had taken it a step further Wednesday, tweeting, there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.
Pompeo flies to Beijing next to debrief Chinese officials on the summit.