By Manik Mehta
WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump is trying out a different model in dealing with North Korea on denuclearisation, an issue which has South Korea and Japan worried.
''The fact that our two leaders are coming to the table shows that the two sides are very serious. The diplomatic model we've used to date is different from past efforts.
''Our efforts give us hope that we can find real success where past efforts have fallen short, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a press briefing on Thursday, ahead of Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore.
Avoiding making any comment on Kim as a person, Pompeo said: He has indicated to me that he is prepared to denuclearise; and that he understands the current model doesn't work.
''We need to admit it will take some time, it doesn't happen instantaneously, and that the model for success involves security assurance; political normalisation; and denuclearisation completely, verifiably, and irreversibly . For that to take place, we've got to make bold decisions.
Diplomatic observers, in private conversations with Bernama, said that Washington's single most important demand is that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons programmes which also threaten the US.
North Korea has rejected giving up its arsenal unilaterally and insists that its nuclear and missile programme is a deterrent against what it sees as US aggression.
The US has some 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, a result of the Korean War.
Trump hinted that he could invite Kim to the White House if the Singapore summit turns out to be a success, but he also said that he would walk away if the talks failed to make progress.
Before Pompeo's media briefing, Trump held a separate White House press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by his side.
Trump revealed that he and Kim could sign an agreement to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which technically, has not ended in the absence of a peace treaty.
Pompeo said Trump was committed to ridding the US and the world of threats posed by North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes.
These programmes threaten our homeland, our allies and partners, and the broader non-proliferation regime. North Korea's past activities make clear that it is proliferation to other actors that creates a risk, in addition to the primary risks. It has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern.
''Unlike the past inadequate deals with North Korea, the US has been clear, time and time again, that complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that we will find acceptable, he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK