QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, I wanted to ask you about “verifiable and irreversible.”SECRETARY POMPEO: Mm-hmm.QUESTION: You said — the day before you said it’s our only objective, our — it’s clear we want that. It’s not in the statement. Why it’s not in the statement? And the president said it will —SECRETARY POMPEO: Mm-hmm, it’s in the statement. It’s in the statement. You’re just wrong about that.QUESTION: How is it in the statement? And I am also —SECRETARY POMPEO: You’re just — because “complete” encompasses verifiable and irreversible. It just — I suppose we — you could argue semantics, but let me assure you that it’s in the document.QUESTION: And the president said it will be verified.SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course it will.QUESTION: Can you tell us a little bit more about —SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course it will. I mean —QUESTION: — what is — what discussed about how?SECRETARY POMPEO: Just so you know, you could ask me this — I find that question insulting and ridiculous and, frankly, ludicrous. I just have to be honest with you. It’s a game and one ought not play games with serious matters like this.QUESTION: But how will it be verified? Did you discuss that? Do you have —SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, we’re — they’re — the modalities are beginning to develop. There’ll be a great deal of work to do. It’s — there’s a long way to go, there’s much to think about, but don’t say silly things. No, don’t, don’t. It’s not productive. It’s not productive to do that, to say silly things. It’s just — it’s unhelpful.QUESTION: Well, I think —SECRETARY POMPEO: It’s unhelpful for your readers, your listeners, for the world. It’s — because it doesn’t remotely reflect the American position or the understandings that the North Koreans have either.QUESTION: We’re just trying to understand how it reflects what you asked that —SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, and I just articulated that for you.
June 13, 2018 at 2:59 PM EDT