Pompeo blasts reporter asking about verification of North Korea denuclearization: ‘Insulting and ridiculous and frankly ludicrous’

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“The president said it will be verified,” the reporter said to Pompeo in South Korea, to which Pompeo responded, “Of course it will.”

“Can you tell us a little bit more about what is, what is – what discussed about how” the reporter continued.

“Just so you know, you could ask me this, I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous,” Pompeo said. “I just have to be honest with you, it’s a game and one ought not to play games with serious matters like this.”

The secretary of state said on Wednesday that the U.S. wants quick progress on North Korea’s promise to dismantle its nuclear program.

“We’re hopeful that we can achieve that in, what was it, the next two and a half years, something like that” he said. “We’re hopeful we can get it done. There’s a lot of work left to do.”

Pompeo noted that the agreement’s specifics needed to be reached, but that the goal of the agreement was in print and signed by Trump and Kim.

“I suppose we – you – could argue semantics, but let me assure you it’s in the document,” he said. “I am confident that they understand what we’re prepared to do, the handful of things that we’re likely not prepared to do.”

The agreement signed by Trump and Kim includes “security guarantees” from the U.S. in return for “the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

No details and timetable are provided in the document.