"Our eyes are wide open; it's time to solve this once and for all. A bad deal is not an option… We are committed to the permanent verifiable irreversible dismantling of North Korea's weapons of mass destruction program and to do so without delay," — said newly appointed State Secretary Mike Pompeo at his swearing-in ceremony in Washington.
He also noted, that the current administration "will not repeat the mistakes of the past", adding that the results of the process are certainly "unknown".
Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claimed that his country would stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as shut down a nuclear test site. Trump has immediately called this statement "big progress" in the negotiations.
Previously Pompeo announced, that Kim Jong-un is ready to outline a roadmap for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. This statement was made in the wake of a historic summit in the truce village of Panmunjom, where South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un met this Friday. Both leaders signed a joint declaration on denuclearization and reunion of separated Korean families. The same day, US President Donald Trump said that he would hold a meeting with the North Korean leader in "the coming weeks."
The six-party negotiations on Pyongyang's denuclearization started in 2003 and included South and North Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the United States. However, two years later Pyongyang declared itself a nuclear power, and in 2009 North Korea withdrew from the talks, starting to perform numerous ballistic and nuclear missile tests.