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Trump-North Korea meeting: US 'knows the risks', says spy chief

05:34 Mon Mar 12, 2018


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CIA director Mike Pompeo has defended Donald Trump’s decision to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, saying the president understands the risks.

Mr Trump “isn’t doing this for theatre, he is going there to solve a problem,” the spy chief told Fox News Sunday.

The president has said the summit could produce the “greatest deal for the world”.

But critics have warned that if the talks go poorly, the two nations will be in a worse position than before.

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No sitting US president has ever met a North Korean leader. Mr Trump reportedly accepted the offer to do so on the spot when it was relayed by South Korean envoys on Thursday, taking his own administration by surprise.

Attempts to negotiate aid-for-disarmament deals have failed repeatedly since 2003, when the North pulled out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

But Mr Pompeo told CBS the administration had its eyes “wide open” to the challenge of dealing with North Korea.

Mr Pompeo said North Korea was coming to the table now because US-led sanctions have battered it economically.



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