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>> So I think North Korea is going to go very well.>> US President Donald Trump is clearly excited about a possible meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump so far taking every opportunity to talk up the potential for an historic meeting between a US President and the North Korean dictator.
>> I think they wanna do something. I think they wanna make peace. I think it's time.>> But there's one US official who doesn't want to discuss the subject.>> Because it's that delicate, when you get into a position like this, the potential for misunderstanding remains very high or goes higher.
>> US Defense Secretary James Mattis, former Marine General, on Sunday, told reporters on a jet headed for Oman that the diplomacy was too sensitive to risk miscommunications. Saying quote, right now every word is going to be nuanced and parsed apart across different cultures, at different times of day in different context.
Mattis has long championed diplomacy as his preferred means to resolve the escalating nuclear tensions with North Korea even when president Trump called such efforts a waste of time. Now, with a meeting between Trump and Kim suddenly, and still tentatively, scheduled for May, Mattis wants the diplomats and politicians to set the tone.
In fact, it's not clear how much the head of the Pentagon will even be involved in the process.>> If I want those who are actually engaging in the discussions to be actually the one to answer all media questions about it.>> I don't think there's any doubt about who's gonna take the lead on this.
e President of the United States is gonna take the lead.>> So the first meeting will be that presidential summit?>> The President of the United States is gonna take the lead in resolving this important conflict with North Korea.>> CIA Director Mike Pompeo told CBS' Face, the Nation, on Sunday that the commander-in-chief was taking full advantage of this possible opening.
>> We're gonna work hard to make sure that we get what it is the President has set out very clearly for his entire time in office. Which is the complete and verifiable, irreversible, denuclearization of North Korea.>> Pompeo said Kim Jong Un's regime has agreed to suspend nuclear and rocket testing in advance of the possible meeting.
The CIA director also said US military exercises on the Peninsula will continue and sanctions against North Korea will remain in place.